- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in Las Cruces say they confiscated an estimated $3,000 worth of illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend, while Albuquerque officials issued more than two dozen citations.

Officials in both communities announced the numbers Tuesday.

The cache of seized fireworks in Las Cruces included six aerial shells that were believed to cost $150 each. Those shells were said to have been purchased elsewhere and brought into Las Cruces in violation of city ordinance.

Fireworks illegal within city limits include aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, shells, stick-type rockets, chasers and firecrackers.

In Albuquerque, firefighters received nearly 2,400 reports of illegal fireworks from Saturday through Monday. Half of the reports came from the city’s 311 app.

There were no major injuries or fires in either city.


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