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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Reports of illegal fireworks in Albuquerque increased slightly Thursday from the same date a year ago.

The Albuquerque Fire Department received 72 reports of illegal firework calls on Thursday, up slightly from 64 calls on June 3, 2013, agency spokeswoman Melissa Romero said in a news release.

Fireworks banned in the city include ground audible devices, such as chasers and fire crackers, and aerial devices such as aerial shell kits and re-loadable tubes, aerial spinners, helicopters and mines.

Legal fireworks include cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains and flitter sparklers, along with ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices and wheels.

“We hope citizens continue to refrain from buying and discharging illegal fireworks,” Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey said. “Let’s celebrate Independence Day safely.”

Downey and other city officials this week encouraged Albuquerque residents to attend the city’s fireworks shows instead of lighting their own fireworks.

The city will sponsor a free show at Balloon Fiesta Park tonight. Fireworks also will be launched after the Isotopes games today and Saturday.

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