SEVERE DROUGHT MAKES FIREWORKS RESTRICTIONS NECESSARY
In light of extreme drought conditions throughout Doña Ana County, the Board of County Commissioners passed a proclamation to temporarily restrict the use of fireworks, effective June 8 for 30 days, including Independence Day weekend.
The National Weather Service and the United States Forest Service indices and information show Doña Ana County is experiencing severe or exceptional drought conditions, expected to continue through July.
“We want to prevent fires in the dangerous conditions we are experiencing. Fires can spread quickly in the dry and windy conditions typical to Doña Ana County,” said Fire Chief Shannon Cherry. “Help us keep our community safe and use fireworks safely and conscientiously.”
The types of fireworks allowed include cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoking devices, and wheels.
In an effort to prevent fires, fireworks can only be set off within the unincorporated areas of the County where water is readily available or areas that are paved or barren- away from vegetation, timber, brush or native grass.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals to safely celebrate our country’s birthday. Instead, they offer the following ideas at nfpa.org:
· Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. Fun for all ages.
· Loud and proud. Noisemakers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
· Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector.
· Don’t forget the bug spray!
· Red, white and blue silly string…fun for all ages.
· Make a patriotic craft with the family.
· Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget the cake.
For more information about Doña Ana County, please visit www.donaanacounty.org.
The Las Cruces City Council took formal action at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 7, 2021 to declare that Las Cruces is experiencing severe drought conditions and is restricting the use of permissible fireworks to barren or paved areas or areas where water is readily available.
Commercial displays are not affected by this Resolution.
Permissible fireworks may be sold within the City of Las Cruces from June 20, 2021 through July 6, 2021. Permissible fireworks for possession, use, or sale means, fireworks legal for sale and use in the state under the provisions of NMSA 1978, § 60-2C-7, the Fireworks Licensing and Safety Act as amended, except all aerial devices and ground audible devices. Aerial and ground audible devices are not permissible to sell, possess or use within the city limits.
Please use permissible fireworks safely and respectfully. Safe use includes adult supervision at all times and only lighting fireworks on barren or paved areas. Used firework cones and devices should be soaked with water before discarding into a trash can.
Permissible fireworks include ground and hand-held sparkling devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, and wheels.
Fireworks prohibited for sale, possession and use within Las Cruces includes all aerial devices and ground audible devices.
Multi-platinum, alternative rock band Gin Blossoms, known for their introspective lyrics and catchy melodies will headline this year’s free concert, with Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats opening the show. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 4 followed by the annual fireworks display.
The Gin Blossoms’ rise to prominence came with the group’s 1992 breakout album “New Miserable Experience.” The album stayed on the charts for close to three years with singles Hey Jealousy, Allison Road, Until I fall Away, Mrs. Rita, and Found Out About You. The album has sold more than five million copies.
Those hits were followed by Til I Hear It From You, which reached No. 1 and pushed the “Empire Records” soundtrack to platinum status. The hits continued with the record Congratulations I’m Sorry with the songs Follow You Down, and As Long As It Matters.
The band’s fusion of pop, melodic rock, folk, and country elements have made them a 1990s mainstay and helped define the sound of popular alternative rock in the early and mid-1990s. From their breakout album, through today, the band has sold more than 10 million records and it remains one the most in-demand 1990s artists who began at the end of the grunge era.
Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning, and rocking his giant upright bass as a founding member of the Grammy nominated music group The Stray Cats. The Stray Cats sold more than 10 million albums and had 23 gold and platinum certified records.
Mega hits Stray Cat Strut, Sexy and Seventeen, and Rock this Town have become part of the fabric of rock and roll. Lee Rocker has been consistently touring, recording, and performing around the world since 1980 and has cultivated a fanatically loyal following.
Lee Rocker has been inducted into the Bass Player Hall of Fame, and Rockabilly Hall of Fame, with many other distinguished awards. In his concert performances, he rocks every town and leaves every audience on their feet and cheering.
The annual Fourth of July Celebration brings the Las Cruces community together with an Electric Light Parade, on July 3, and a July 4 concert and fireworks show. Schedules, locations, and event details for these free family events will be publicly announced soon.
For information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 575/541-2550. For information relating to NMSU, call NMSU Marketing and Communications at 575/646-5981.
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