This July 4th may have more sparks

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Area fireworks vendors are looking for more spark in their sales figures for this July 4 holiday.

With the moisture from the past months, restrictions on aerial fireworks have been lifted in some areas allowing vendors to offer items to their customers that were restricted or banned from the years before due to dry conditions.

“We expect sales to be a lot better this year,” said Racheal Pacheco, operator of the Mr. W. Fireworks stand on First Street. “We are not sure of any restrictions on fireworks but have not been selling bottle rockets just in case, but we are selling our artillery shell products.”
Fire Chief Mike Cherry said there is a restriction on the sale of bottle rockets because their trajectory is not predictable and can be a fire hazard. Otherwise, there are no no restrictions on sales, said Cherry.

Among the popular items being bought this year are the family packs, said Fireworks Planet manager on Route 66, Erin Rayes.
People are buying classic fireworks such as Black Cats and M-100, said Pacheco. Artillery shells are another hot item being sold, said both vendors.

Even with the restrictions being lifted, area Quay County fire officials are advising that people still need to be careful when setting off fireworks.

The Village of Logan has no fireworks restrictions within the village limits this year, said Logan Fire Chief Rex Stull.

In previous years there were restrictions on what fireworks could be set off due to dry conditions, said Stull.

With this year’s moisture, bottle rockets and artillery will be allowed, but the size is limited to what is allowed by state law for personal use, and no fireworks can be set off inside of the state park lands, said Stull. “We are fortunate to not have any restrictions this year,” said Stull.

“In the past we have been limited if not completely restricted when it came to fireworks. The important thing is for everyone to be careful and safe this holiday weekend.”

Logan/Ute celebration on June 30

l 10 a.m., Parade
Starts on First street
Contact Village of Logan for Entry Form: 487-2239

Horseshoe Contest: at entrance to Ute Lake State Park
To enter call: Charles Knotts, 487-2248

l 4:30 p.m. Chamber of Commerce bean feed –
at entrance to Ute Lake State Park

A raffle for $8,000 to be split up in 3 prizes: $3,000, $2,000, $1,000
Tickets $20 each: Available from: Wanda at Secret Garden, Kathy at Ruf-Neck Tackle, Sharon at Dinghy Dicks, Jeff at Holly’s Body Shop,

l Dusk/dark Fireworks display at Windy Point

l Following the fireworks, there will be a dance at the Roping Arena.

Fireworks in Tucumcari

l Fireworks will be at dark from the Elks Lodge. Event sponsored by the Elks and the city of Tucumcari.