Holiday weekend produces calls about fireworks

Noel Lyn Smith
A Burnham Industries' fireworks stand is pictured on June 25 in Flora Vista. Local law enforcement agencies received dozens of complaints about fireworks during the recent Fourth of July weekend.

FARMINGTON — Law enforcement personnel responded to a number of calls involving fireworks activities over the holiday weekend.

Georgette Allen, Farmington Police Department spokeswoman, said there were 61 calls from July 1 to July 4 regarding fireworks complaints within city limits.

As part of the effort to stop the use of illegal fireworks, the police department partnered with the Farmington Fire Department to conduct special patrols in neighborhoods, Allen said.

The city code lists fireworks that are prohibited within city limits, including aerial spinners, missile-type rockets, roman candles, shells and firecrackers.

If such items are found, the fire chief can seize, take, remove or remove at the person’s expense the fireworks, according to the city code.

Individuals found guilty of possessing or using illegal fireworks, a petty misdemeanor, could receive up to $500 in fines and up to 90 days in jail or both.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office received 40 calls about fireworks activity in the county.

Sixteen calls were from the Bloomfield Highway and Crouch Mesa area, and eight calls each were received from the Aztec and Kirtland areas. The Flora Vista area had six calls, and the Bloomfield area had two calls, according to the agency.

Sheriff’s office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln said there were no restrictions on fireworks this year.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.