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Rio Rancho Reminds of Fireworks Restrictions, Penalties

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The City of Rio Rancho prohibits fireworks that go higher than 10 feet and are louder than a cap gun. Any fireworks that do not meet this standard are deemed illegal, and anyone caught in possession of them and/or using them may be subject to fireworks seizure, citation, and penalty. A violation carries a potential fine of up to $500 and/or jail time of up to 90 days.

Igniting fireworks, starting, or maintaining any fire or smoking in the Rio Rancho Bosque is prohibited by City ordinances at all times. Those found in violation of these restrictions can face a fine up to $500, 90 days of jail time, or both.

The City of Rio Rancho continues to have a ban in place regarding all of the types of fireworks it can legally prohibit under State statute. Only changes to state law would give the City the authority to completely ban the sale and use of currently legal fireworks in the community.

The City of Rio Rancho encourages citizens to attend a public fireworks display, rather than risking an injury or potential fire with the use of fireworks at home.

The city will host an event on July 4 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Campus Park at City Center. There will be food trucks, music and conclude with a fireworks show.

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