Firework Use Restricted

Information about firework restrictions in Albuquerque.

Fireworks Hotline

  • To report illegal fireworks from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 3, 4, 5, and 6, call (505) 833-7335.
  • To report illegal fireworks any other time of year, call (505) 833-7390.

Units from the Albuquerque Fire Department will be patrolling the streets of Albuquerque on July 4 and 5 searching for and will be dispatched to reports of illegal fireworks.

Those who are caught will be cited and will have a mandatory court appearance.

Mayor Berry has signed legislation imposing restrictions on the sale of fireworks within the City of Albuquerque due to hazardous fire conditions and severe drought. The Mayor, Council, and the Albuquerque Fire Department have banned the use of ground audible and aerial fireworks within city limits.

In 2012, Albuquerque firefighters responded to more than 720 illegal firework calls on July 3 and 4.

A disastrous fire can occur from someone acting carelessly or using illegal fireworks. We are asking the citizens of Albuquerque to attend public firework shows instead of purchasing fireworks. Be responsible and do your part to prevent a disaster.

Fireworks Guidelines

The following fireworks are illegal:

  • Ground audible devices: chasers and fire crackers.
  • Aerial devices: including aerial shell kits and reloadable tubes, aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, multiple tube devices, roman candles, shells, and stick-type rockets.

Once ignited, aerial and ground audible devices take an unpredictable flight path and pose a significant fire hazard to structures and vegetation. They also possess a significant injury potential to the user and innocent bystanders. These devices are also disturbing to public peace.

The following fireworks are legal and may be used:

  • Cone Fountains, crackling Devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers
  • Ground Spinners, illuminating torches,toy smoke devices, wheels

Firework Penalties

  • Anyone who is caught with illegal fireworks will be cited, have their fireworks confiscated, must go to court and could face up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
  • The improper use of permissible fireworks and/or the illegal use of aerial or ground audible devices can result in the user or supervising adult being found grossly negligent and financially responsible for damages.

Warning Labels

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".

Firework Shows

The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals. Each year we asked to public to not purchase or discharge illegal fireworks within City and County limits and this year isn't any different. It is everyone's responsibility to protect our communities and Open Space areas.

Firework Safety

If you must buy fireworks, please follow these firework safety tips.

  • Fireworks should not be used on "Red Flag Warning" days, as these days indicate extreme risk for fires. To keep current, go to
  • What and where to buy -Always buy fireworks from a local vendor to ensure what you purchase is safe and legal for use within city limits.
  • Have a water source available close by.
  • Supervision - Always have an adult present and never allow children to use fireworks to avoid injuries and improper use.
  • Use caution - Always use fireworks outdoors on a paved area clear from homes, trees, vegetation, and other 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.
  • 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.

Risks Using Fireworks

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.

Protect Your Pets

Loud explosions and firework displays often frighten pets. Frequently, pets are disturbed enough during fireworks that they escape their yard. Every Fourth of July, the City's Animal Care Center sees an increase in lost animals at the shelter.

Here are a few tips to help make sure your pet enjoys the holiday celebration as much as you do:

  • Leave pets at home in a safe environment. Do not take pets to public firework displays.
  • Shelter them from firework displays and noises by putting them in a crate or bringing them indoors.
  • Make sure your pet has a microchip and an identification tag so we can send it home to you.

Be Safe

We encourage the public to attend the Freedom 4th event or other public firework shows. If you must use fireworks, please buy legal and local. On behalf of the City of Albuquerque, have a fun and safe Independence Day.