San Juan County agencies see drop in fireworks complaints

Farmington, Aztec and Bloomfield report descreases

The Daily Times staff
Firecrackers are displayed at ABC Unlimited at 5165 U.S. Highway 64 on June 23, 2017.

FARMINGTON — Law enforcement agencies throughout San Juan County mostly saw a decrease in fireworks-related complaints during the Fourth of July season this year as cities and the county have adopted fireworks restrictions due to drought conditions.

The Farmington Police Department had 28 fireworks calls from July 2 through July 6, a reduction from 84 fireworks calls between June 30 and July 4 in 2017.

Farmington police spokesperson Georgette Allen said there were two fireworks citations issued from July 2 through July 6.

Fireworks restrictions were adopted by all local government agencies resulting in the prohibition of every kind of fireworks allowed to be banned by state statue.

The city of Farmington and Aztec have enacted mandatory water restrictions in response to the drought conditions.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office responded to 42 fireworks complaints from July 2 through July 6 this year, the same number it responded to for a similar period last year, according to detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

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The Sheriff's Office did not issue any firework citations over the holiday period this year.

Aztec and Bloomfield police reported decreases in the number of fireworks complaints this year.

The Aztec Police Department and Bloomfield Police Department each responded to six fireworks-related calls each from July 2 through July 6, according to the agencies. Neither department wrote any citations during the same time period.

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Between June 30 and July 4, 2017, Aztec police responded to 17 calls, and Bloomfield police responded to 12 calls.

Lt. Joseph Gonzales of the Aztec Police Department said he believed the department has never before made it through the Fourth of July 4 holiday without writing several citations.