Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Police On Watch for Fireworks.(Final)

Byline: Matt Joyce Journal Staff Writer

* Authorities on high alert for violations throughout holiday weekend

Fireworks enthusiasts beware: City and county authorities are on high alert for illegal fireworks.

A persistent drought and last week's bosque fires have prompted Bernalillo County and Albuquerque authorities to step up their enforcement of fireworks violations throughout the July 4 weekend.

Along with more citations, authorities said they will confiscate all illegal fireworks and urge judges to fine fireworks offenders as stiffly as possible.

Bernalillo County ordinances call for a fine of up to $300 for misdemeanor fireworks violations, Sheriff Darren White said. …

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