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Editorial: Invite safety to your Fourth of July celebration

Fourth of July: that wonderful holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the beginning of the great American experiment – and this year the fact New Mexicans, for once, are not living in a tinder box.

Heading into a week marked with pyrotechnics and barbecues, we can all breathe a bit easier in the knowledge a wet winter and impressive spring runoff have left reservoirs full, rivers coursing and foliage a lot less combustion-prone. That’s not to say we need to throw caution out with the ice at the bottom of the cooler. State and local officials are urging New Mexicans to be careful, with deputy State Fire Marshal Raymond Torres urged all to keep in mind “the bigger the firework, the bigger the boom and the more dangerous.”

As a reminder: Aerial and ground audible fireworks are illegal for private use across the state, and cities and counties can have their own restrictions. Also illegal is the firing of guns in the air, which has led to tragedies and close calls in the past. Albuquerque residents should make use of the handy and expedient “OneABQ” app to report illegal fireworks if they see them.

We have much to celebrate, a safe holiday being No. 1.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.