ALBUQUERQUE – Officials have banned the sale of aerial and ground fireworks in areas outside Albuquerque.
Bernalillo County commissioners approved the fireworks restrictions Tuesday in unincorporated areas as drought conditions are expected to continue.
The ban went into effect immediately and will remain until mid-July.
The measure bans the sale and use of fireworks, including missile-type rockets, aerial spinners, roman candles and ground audible devices. Violators could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to up to a year in jail.
Commissioners in April proclaimed extreme or severe drought conditions and ordered a ban on open fires.
Albuquerque also prohibits the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible devices within the city.