Stay safe this Independence Day.
- To report illegal fireworks on July 3 and July 4, call (505) 833-7335.
- To report illegal fireworks any other time of year, call (505) 833-7390.
Albuquerque Fire Department will patrol the streets of Albuquerque and respond to illegal fireworks calls.
Freedom 4th is an annual event which is held at Balloon Fiesta Park on July Fourth.
The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.
Every season is fire season, all through the year we have different threats and fire potential.
Fireworks Sales & Use
The City of Albuquerque Fire Code does prohibit the possession, sale, or use of all Aerial and Ground Audible Devices within the city limits.
Aerial Devices are:
- Aerial Spinners
- Missile-type Rockets
- Roman Candles
- Stick Type Rockets
Ground Audible Devices are:
Permissible Fireworks which are allowed to be sold and discharged within the City are:
- "Permissible Fireworks"
- Cone Fountains
- Crackling Devices
- Cylindrical Fountains
- Flitter Sparklers
- Ground Spinners
- Illuminating Torches
- Toy Smoke Devices
By law all fireworks are required to have warning labels. A general rule of thumb as to whether fireworks are Aerial Devices, Ground Audible Devices or Permissible Fireworks is to examine the labels on each device--Aerial and Ground Audible Devices are required have a label that denotes "WARNING"; Permissible Fireworks are required to have a label that denotes "CAUTION".
If someone is caught with illegal fireworks:
- Having possession of illegal fireworks is punishable with a citation and immediate confiscation of the items
- It is a misdemeanor
- A mandatory court appearance
- A fine up to $500.00 and 90 days in jail
Follow these fireworks safety tips.
- What and where to buy - Always buy fireworks from a trustworthy supplier. Only purchase legal fireworks. Having possession of illegal fireworks is punishable with a citation and immediate confiscation of the items.
- Have a water source at all times.
- Supervision - Always has an adult present and never gives fireworks to children.
- Use caution - Always use fireworks outdoors in a clear area way from houses, trees, vegetation, and combustible materials.
- Follow directions - Always read and follow directions carefully. Only light one at a time.
- Disposal - Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water. Have a bucket handy in the area nearby.
- Emergencies - If there is a fire, leave the area immediately and call 911.
Do not attempt to make your own fireworks.
Homemade fireworks (for example, ones made of the powder from several firecrackers) can lead to dangerous and unpredictable explosions.
If you do not handle fireworks properly, the following injuries and damages may occur:
- In the U.S. in 2008, body parts most often injured are hands, eyes, and the head, face, and ear. (2,300 injuries), eyes (1,500 injuries), and the head, face, and ear (1,400 injuries).
- Fireworks can be associated with blindness, third degree burns, and permanent scarring.
- Fireworks can also cause life-threatening residential, motor vehicle, and wildland fires.
On behalf of the Mayor's Office and the Albuquerque Fire Department, have a fun and safe Independence Day.