Fireworks ban lifted

Mike Linn

Thanks to the barrage of recent rainfall, residents of Roosevelt County who like aerial fireworks and whistling bottle rockets will get their opportunity to ignite the popular fourth of July fireworks after all.
In May the county banned the aerial eye-pleasers after Portales Fire Marshall Mike Running advised that dry weather and fireworks could result in grass and structure fires within the county.
The county took Running’s suggestion and adopted an ordinance already in place within city limits banning all fireworks that exceed six feet off the ground after ignited.
Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez spearheaded lifting the ban thanks to the recent increase in area precipitation.
“I don’t want the fire chief to cite somebody in the county when there’s green grass 12 inches tall and they’re walking in mud,” Lopez said.