Albuquerque sees half as many experiences of unlawful fireworks as final 12 months

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – As the July 4th weekend approaches, some townspeople have heard the familiar pop and pop of fireworks before the holidays. And every year, many residents report illegal fireworks – including, but not limited to, bottle rockets and air fireworks like Roman candles. But so far the city of Albuquerque (CABQ) has received about half as many fireworks reports this year than last year, according to CABQ data.

◉ July 4th – Reported illegal fireworks, current weather, events, closings

From January 1st to July 2nd of this year, the city had 1,278 fireworks reports. From January 1 to July 2 of the past year 2020 there were 2,450. In other words, the number of notifications fell by 48% this year.

Albuquerque residents can make illegal fireworks reports by calling 311, reporting on the city website, or through the 311 app. Erika Eddy, who works with the city’s digital communications team, says that “311 are inundated with phone calls” every year.

But it’s hard to tell from phone numbers how the illegal use of fireworks has changed over time, Eddy says. For example, while over 9,000 reports of fireworks were reported throughout 2020, Eddy says the number could be unusually high due to the pandemic-induced boredom. And while there were only about 3,000 reports in all of 2019, that number may be unusually low, because at the time it wasn’t as easy to create a report with the app and website as it is today.

Reports to 311 will be sent to Albuquerque Fire Rescue (AFR) and converted into a digital map revealing hotspots of potential illegal fireworks activity, says Kris Romero, the assistant assistant fire chief at AFR. The more specific these messages are to 311, the better AFR can schedule “call waiting and calls” where they chat with neighbors about safety, legality and how to create messages.

“Today I was actually out with the fire chief,” says Romero. They visited a neighborhood in the Louisiana / Comanche area where many 311 reports were seen.

During the conversations Romero explains why they are there: “This is one [neighborhood] that has been identified as a 311 complaint area so we just want to make sure you are safe. ”And Romero explains that it is important to think about your neighbor before setting off fireworks. After all, fireworks can have an impact on children, animals, or even people with post-traumatic stress disorder, says Romero.

In addition to the neighborhood talks, AFR also conducts control patrols. “On the third and fourth” [of July] Above all, we work with APD, “says Romero,” and we go out and use the 311 data that is coming in to investigate these hotspots. “This year, AFR will probably also send some units to the Bosque, says Romero.

“We have limited resources,” adds Romero – which makes it a challenge to “get people into the right areas to catch people in the act”. But he says any report on 311 helps them know where to focus their efforts. And while exact addresses are most helpful, even giving you the closest cross streets is better than nothing, says Romero.

During July 4th, the city’s 311 Community Contact Center will have extended hours to receive illegal fireworks reports. July 2, July 3, and July 5, the reporting center is open from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. On July 4th, they will be open from 9:00 a.m. to midnight, CABQ told KRQE.

Which fireworks are illegal?

The city’s website advises that selling fireworks should be legal within city limits. And generally, if the warning sign is on a single fireworks display [not necessarily a package of multiple fireworks] says “WARNING”, this is a sign of illegal fireworks. However, labels that read “CAUTION” are generally legal in the city, according to the CABQ website.

Romero advises that these legal fireworks comply with size and noise regulations. Fireworks that stay less than 3 meters high, are no louder than a pop gun, and are within a two meter radius are generally acceptable in the city, Romero says. However, since Albuquerque is in Level 1 restrictions, no fireworks are allowed in the Bosque or Open Space areas.

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Fireworks illegal in ABQ

  • Air spinner
  • helicopter
  • Mines
  • Missiles of the missile type
  • Roman candles
  • Shellfish
  • Rod-like missiles
  • Chaser (bottle rockets)
  • Fireworks

Fireworks allowed in ABQ

  • Ground and handheld radios
  • Cone fountain
  • Crackling devices
  • Cylindrical fountain
  • Tinsel sparklers
  • Ground spinner
  • Luminous flashlights
  • bikes

As listed on the CABQ website.

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