ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayor Phil Gasteyer said Corrales is prepared to defend a fireworks ban passed unanimously by the village council Tuesday night.
The action goes beyond what is allowed under state law. But Gasteyer said there was widespread support in Corrales because of the extreme fire danger posed by fireworks.
“If we have to face an aggressive lawyer in Municipal Court we’ll do it,” Gasteyer said Thursday.
Communities can restrict the use of fireworks but a decades old state law does not give them the power to ban the sale and use of fireworks completely.
As numerous wildfires rage throughout the state, there have been calls for the Legislature to change state law.
The resolution Corrales village council passed declared an emergency due to extreme drought and prohibited the sale or use of fireworks of any kind within the village, including on private land.
The resolution allows village police and fire department officers to confiscate and destroy any fireworks found in the possession of any individual.
The ban is in force until Oct. 31.
Gasteyer said about half a dozen people spoke at the council meeting in support of the ban.
“Corrales had a fire in the bosque last year and people remember that,” the mayor said.