BLM: No fireworks on public lands

The Daily Times staff
BLM officials are advising New Mexico residents to seek out community fireworks displays rather than lighting their own on public lands for the Fourth of July.

FARMINGTON — Possessing or lighting fireworks on public lands in New Mexico — including on the Fourth of July — is prohibited.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's New Mexico State Office issued a statement this week to remind residents that fireworks are not allowed on BLM-managed public lands in the state, unless they are authorized by the federal agency.

Donna Hummel, a BLM spokeswoman, said in a June 29 press release that the public should look for other sources of fireworks around Independence Day.

"We invite you to get outdoors and enjoy your public lands this holiday weekend," Hummel said in the release. "If fireworks are on your agenda, please seek out professional displays offered in your community."

Displays across San Juan County will light up the night sky over Farmington on Sunday, Tommy Bolack's B-Square Ranch on Monday and Bloomfield on Tuesday. The shows are scheduled to begin each night around 9:30.

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