Quay County bans fires, fireworks

TV Hagenah

The Quay County Commissioners passed a proclamation Monday banning fireworks, weed burning and campfires throughout the county until further notice.. “It is sad we have to do this,” said Quay County Commissioner Jeff Lewalling, “but the fire danger is just so high that it is unavoidable.”

Lewalling pointed to the danger of brush fires and structure fires which the New Mexico state government has listed as “extremely high.” “The Board of County Commissioners finds that open burning and fireworks restrictions should be imposed within the unincorporated areas of Quay,” said Lewalling about the imposition of the fireworks and fire ban.
The commissioners at their meeting and in their proclamation defined fireworks as “any device intended to produce a visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration or detonation.”

Banned from sale and use in Quay County are stick-type rockets, helicopter and serial spinners, missile-type rockets, ground audible devices and firecrackers.
With certain restrictions, however, the commissioners have permitted some Fourth of July devices. Cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices, wheels and mines fireworks are permitted to be sold, but they may only be used on “paved or barren” areas “that have a readily accessible source of water for use by the homeowner or general public.”

The county also banned the sale or use in unincorporated areas of the county of “display fireworks.” “Display fireworks” are those fireworks bigger and more powerful than normal fireworks. The commissioners said the Quay County Sheriff’s office and the New Mexico State Police would be in charge of the enforcement of the ban. Breaking of the ban can bring fines up to $300 and jail time up to 90 days.