Rules for Fireworks in New Mexico

4th of july fireworks in red river

It’s a 4th of July tradition that fills the sky with color as you ‘oooo’ and ‘ahhh’ over the beautiful display in the night sky. The 4th of July is quickly approaching and we want to prepare you for your trip to Red River by informing you of New Mexico’s* firework rules and fire prevention. Keep in mind that some counties may have firework bans in place and it can change at any time between now and then. Any type of fire ban could happen at any time because of drought or other conditions, such as high winds, and there is nothing we can do about that. 

There are certain types of fireworks that are illegal in city limits. Read the label and if it says “warning” then that firework is illegal. If it says “caution” then it is legal. Below we have listed some of the most known and common fireworks that are legal and illegal in the state of New Mexico.

Permissible Fireworks

  • Ground and Hand-held sparkling devices
  • Ground spinners
  • Wheels
  • Aerial Devices
  • Helicopters
  • Roman Candles
  • Smoke Bombs

Not Permissible Fireworks

  • Stick-type rockets (tube less than ⅝ inch outside diameter)
  • Fireworks that produce an audible effect, other than a whistle

Below are just some important rules when it comes to fireworks in the state of New Mexico. Please be aware that although some of these may be common sense, it is important that we list it for you as a friendly reminder. Fireworks can be dangerous so please be cautious when handling them.

Firework Rules

  1. Fireworks should not be used on state forest land, wildlands, or bosque.
  2. Do not shoot fireworks off at any person, animal or thing.
  3. A person should not light a firework while inside a motor vehicle or throw fireworks from a motor vehicle. 
  4. Always read and follow directions on each firework.
  5. Purchase fireworks from a reliable vendor.
  6. Fireworks should only be set off outside, not indoors.
  7. Have some sort of water source handy at all times. For example, a water hose.
  8. Dispose of any fireworks the right way.

Things to Remember!

  • During an extreme drought the governing body of a municipality shall ban the sell and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets, and ground audible devices within the drought area.
  • Governing body has the power to limit firework use within its jurisdiction.
  • Be cautious when purchasing fireworks from a vendor. Just because you can buy them legally does not mean that they are legal within city limits.

Improper use of fireworks can start a fire and potentially endanger homes, other property, wildlife, and others in the area. Sparks can light grass, weeds, and trees, especially if it’s dry. This can lead to wildfires that can be hard to control. For more information regarding fireworks, including definitions can be found here. If you have any questions regarding fireworks in Red River, New Mexico please contact the Cimarron District or visit their website for a phone number. The primary focus is to keep our city and state safe, including the wildlife and property in the area.

Be sure to enjoy the fireworks celebrations by staying in town. Find your rental here.

*Fireworks are prohibited on all state and private land outside city or tribal areas, except where it is part public, approved by the local fire department.

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