Local governments do not have the authority to ban fireworks entirely, but they can prohibit the use of certain types of devices.

We’ve compiled a list of permissible and prohibited fireworks in local municipalities and the unincorporated areas of Valencia County.

With an open burn ban in effect throughout Valencia County, residents are urged to use fireworks with caution.

Click on the name of the municipality or county to see the full fireworks ordinances.


City of Belen

Permissible fireworks:

Ground and hand-held sparkling and smoke devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices and wheels.

Any firework with a “caution” label.

Any firework that emits showers of sparks, spins on ground, emits flame and sparks, moves on ground, emits showers of sparks or emits crackling sparks.

(No firework shall, after discharge, lift more than 10 feet in air or six feet in diameter.)

Prohibited fireworks:

Any and all bottle rockets, moon rockets, and whistling moon travelers; all other rockets containing one ounce or less of chemical composition.

Aerial devices, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices.

Any firework or device with a “warning” label.

Any firework that is flammable with report, shoots flaming balls or shoots flaming balls with report.

 

Village of Bosque Farms

Permissible fireworks:

Ground and hand-held sparkling and smoke devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices, Roman candles, wheels and firecrackers.

Prohibited fireworks:

Aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, shells, stick-type rockets and chasers.

 

Village of Los Lunas

Permitted fireworks:

Ground and hand-held sparkling and smoke devices, cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices and wheels.

Prohibited fireworks:

Aerial devices: aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, shells and stick-type rockets.

Ground audible devices: chasers and firecrackers.

 

Town of Peralta

Permissible fireworks:

Ground and hand-held sparkling devices: Snakes, smoke devices and spray balls, cone shaped and cylindrical fountains, crackling devices, flitter sparklers, sparklers and dipped sticks, ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire in any form and wheels.

Aerial devices: Aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes, mines or shells, multiple tube devices, Roman candles and multi-aerial cakes.

Ground audible devices: Chasers and firecrackers.

Prohibited fireworks:

All stick-type rockets and helicopters, and fireworks that produce an audible effect, other than a whistle.

 

City of Rio Communities

Permissible fireworks:

Cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices and wheels.

Prohibited fireworks:

Aerial devices: Aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, shells and stick-type rockets.

Ground audible devices: Chasers and firecrackers.

 

Valencia County (unincorporated areas)

Permissible fireworks:

Cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices, wheels and mines.

(Fireworks used within the unincorporated areas of the county are limited to areas that are paved or barren, or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by the homeowner or the general public.)

Prohibited fireworks:

Stick-type rockets, helicopters and aerial spinners, missile-type rockets, ground audible devices, firecrackers and display fireworks.

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