Firework Ordinance & Safety
In 2012, AFD units responded to over 720 illegal firework calls on July 3rd and 4th. A disastrous fire can occur from someone acting carelessly or using illegal fireworks. Please attend public firework shows instead of purchasing fireworks. Be responsible and do your part to prevent a disaster.
City of Albuquerque Ordinance prohibits the sale and use of all Aerial Fireworks and Ground Audible Devices within the city limits.
- Aerial Spinners
- Missile-type Rockets
- Roman Candles
- Stick Type Rockets
Ground Audible Devices
- Chasers (bottle 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 are allowed to be sold and discharged within the City:
- Ground and hand held sparkling devices
- Cone Fountains
- Crackling Devices
- Cylindrical Fountains
- Flitter Sparklers
- Ground Spinners
- Illuminating Torches
- Using illegal fireworks is punishable with a citation and immediate confiscation of the illegal fireworks and places the community at risk for fires.
- It is a misdemeanor
- A mandatory court appearance
- A fine up to $500 and 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.
The Safe Use of Fireworks
- Fireworks should not be used on "Red Flag Warning" days, as these days indicate extreme risk for fires. To keep current, go to www.weather.gov
- What and where to buy - Always buy fireworks from a local vendor to ensure what you purchase is safe and legal for use within the city limits.
- Fireworks should only be used on paved or barren areas - Away from homes, vegetation and combustible materials.
- Have a water source - Available to put out any unintended fires such as a charged garden hose or two 5 gallon buckets.
- Supervision - Always have an adult present and never allow children to use fireworks to avoid injuries and improper use.
- Follow directions - Always read and follow directions carefully.
- Disposal - Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water. Make sure they are completely cool to the touch before throwing them in the garbage can.
- Emergencies - If there is a fire, leave the area immediately and call 911.
Do not attempt to make your own fireworks. Homemade can lead to dangerous and unpredictable explosions and result in severe injuries.
If you do not handle fireworks properly, you risk serious injuries and damages.
- In the U.S. in 2008, body parts most often injured were 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 which can result in the user or supervising adult being found grossly negligent and financially responsible for damages.
For more information, go to the City of Albuquerque Fire Department website