Today, the Las Cruces City Council passes a fireworks restrictions that limits the use of fireworks to areas of paved or barren land, but the ban might be lifted just in time for the Fourth of July.

The ordinance passed today by City Council bans the use of fireworks from areas with brush, grass or timber. Fireworks can only be discharged on paved or barren lands, and with a readily available water source nearby. The ban is in effect for 30 days which means, if conditions improve, it could be lifted by July 3.

Fireworks allowed to be purchased and discharged within city limits are ground and hand-held sparkling and smoking devices such as: cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, illuminating torches, smoke devices and wheels.

Fireworks prohibited for possession, sale or use in Las Cruces are aerial and ground audible devices such as: aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, shells, stick-type rockets, chasers and firecrackers.