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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 5:59pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces City Council unanimously agreed on extending an extreme drought proclamation Monday afternoon which restricts the use of certain fireworks.
Council had already approved a proclamation in early June but it was set to expire July 3rd because state law only allows cities to issue such declarations for 30 days.
"Any firework that's going to go above three feet in the air is going to be banned," said Las Cruces Fire Department Inspector Wally Monsivaiz.
Las Cruces Fire Marshal Ted Sweetser said before council that even with Sunday night's rain, it's not enough precipitation in the area to fully allow all types of fireworks.
Aerial-type fireworks like shells, rockets and roman candles are not permitted in the city and can result in a $500 fine and up to 180 days in jail.
Fireworks are also not allowed on school grounds and would be considered as explosives on school property.
The city is allowing fireworks like cones, sparklers and smoke devices to be used but only on paved or barren land and with water nearby.
The fireworks purchased in the city are legal, but the fire department has posted information on their website and at city hall to help citizens determine what is permitted for the holiday.
Police and the fire department will have increased patrols looking for illegal fireworks during the week.