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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Fireworks Safety Tips and Permits

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Gallup citizens will again have the opportunity to legally discharge fireworks within city limits over the 4th of July holiday. Fireworks vendors will be selling fireworks between June 20th and July 6th.

As a reminder a Fireworks Permit is required to light fireworks within city limits. Permits may be purchased for a fee of $15.00 dollars from the City Clerk’s Office located at 110 W. Aztec Ave. A citation of $250.00 may be imposed for person(s) caught discharging fireworks without the required permit.

More than 15,000 fires occur annually due to the mishandling of fireworks, and these fires cause more than $30 million in property damage.

Fireworks are fun and festive, but it’s important to know how to use them safely.

Fire Safety Tips:

  • Fireworks should be used on a flat, firm surface such as the ground or a driveway. Stay away from bushes, grass and trees, or anything else that might catch fire. Stay away from vehicles.
  • Have a bucket of water and garden hose available for use in case of fire.
  • There should be a responsible adult present when fireworks are being used.
  • After the firework has been used, it should be picked up with a shovel, dropped into a bucket of water and left to soak for several hours before being discarded in the trash.
  • “Duds” or fireworks that did not go off after being lit should be picked up with a shovel and dropped into a bucket of water. You should not try to relight it.
  • If a fire does start because of fireworks, don’t panic. Use the garden hose or bucket of water to put the fire out or prevent it from getting larger. Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.


    Here are some safety precautions that homeowners can take to protect their property:

  • Clean your yard of any unnecessary weeds or plant growth. Cut grass and keep watered. Green plants are less likely to burn.
  • Clean any accumulated combustible material, and other dead growth and dispose of properly.
  • Keep a garden hose connected and ready to use in case a fire starts in your yard, even if you are not using fireworks. If you do not have a garden hose to use, a bucket of water on stand-by is a good back up.
  • Keep pets inside in the evening, especially on the 4th of July.
  • Check your property several times during the evening if fireworks are being used in your area. Many times a fire can be detected while it is small and prevented from getting larger.

If you have any questions please contact the Gallup Fire Department Prevention Office at 505-726-5448

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