BY MAIRE O’NEILL
The Los Alamos Reporter has received questions about what fireworks are allowed in Los Alamos County under current fire conditions. There seems to be some confusion as to what changed when Stage 1 fire restrictions were lifted effective June 30 by County Fire Marshal Wendy Servey.
Under the terms of a proclamation issued by Los Alamos County Council at their June 8 meeting, because of exceptional drought conditions, the sale and use of the following fireworks is prohibited until July 8, which is 30 days after the issuance of the proclamation.
Prohibited: “Aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes, aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile type rockets, stick-type rockets, roman candles (able to shoot balls of flame 50-60 plus feet in the air), shells, chasers and firecrackers”.
Restricted: “The use of cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches/static (non-flame shooting) roman candles, toy smoke devices, wheels, is limited within Los Alamos County to areas that are paved or barren or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by any homeowner or the public”.
The proclamation in its entirety may be viewed at https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/fire_department