Drought, lax rules on fireworks have ...

Drought, lax rules on fireworks have some in Anthony worried

There are 22 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 18, 2011, titled Drought, lax rules on fireworks have some in Anthony worried. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A long-standing drought and the rash of fires throughout the West are driving Trustee Betty Gonzalez's worries about the approaching Fourth of July.

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ruu

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 19, 2011
with all this fires going on they shoud'nt have allowed the
sales of fireworks this year anywhere, I live in an apartment complex and I see some people set them off right
by the cars and some even have the kind that pop and some
stay real late in the night hours, I hardly get any sleep,
I don't mind them buying them but some people just don't
want to go by the rules, they should not set them off near
cars or little kids trying to set them off by themlselves,
and not in the very late hours of the night.
Dan

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Jun 19, 2011
PLEASE ban fireworks this year in New Mexico.
nm cowgirl

Confluence, PA

#3 Jun 19, 2011
let's ban navarez..he tries hard to justify his position saying other vendors are doing it..the oldest stupid argument in the book. Get a job.
Robin Hood

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jun 19, 2011
There are going to be problems, no question. With the ban in El Paso, there will be thousands of Texans coming into Dona Ana county. There will be fires and you can bet they will not clean up after themselves.
The county says they will be strictly enforcing. Ha! Whatever.
Spell It Out for Me

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 19, 2011
Robin Hood wrote:
There are going to be problems, no question. With the ban in El Paso, there will be thousands of Texans coming into Dona Ana county. There will be fires and you can bet they will not clean up after themselves.
The county says they will be strictly enforcing. Ha! Whatever.
The County can enforce in unincorporated areas. On the other hand, municipalities, such as Anthony, make their own rules.
LC Today

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Jun 19, 2011
BAN THE DAMNED SALE OF FIREWORKS ALL AROUND. WHAT IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THAT? THESE LOCAL YOKELS SEEM TO HAVE A DEFINITE LACK OF BRAINS.
WAITING FOR THE WHOLE PLACE TO GO UP IN FLAMES, I GUESS.
LC Today

Las Cruces, NM

#7 Jun 19, 2011
If you people are waiting for the likes of Mayor, City Council, County Manager and County Commissioners to step up to the plate and do the right thing when it comes to protecting the area from the i d i o t s with their fireworks, don't hold your breath because you'll turn blue.
Quemado

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jun 19, 2011
Look at the mentality of the average person who buys fireworks. I seriously doubt they have the capability of engaging in cause-and-effect thinking and understanding the potential consequences of their actions.
Otis

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jun 19, 2011
Here's my prediction for the 4th.

5 mobile homes burned to the ground.
3 vehicles burned to the ground.
6 injuries from holding fireworks.
340 acres burned from fireworks.
11 sheds or outbuildings burned to the ground.
770 hours of volunteer firefighters time spent.
45,000 dollars of taxpayers money spent on fuel, paid firefighter time, OEM paid time, wear and tear on county fire apparatus.

Feel free to save the predictions and compare them with the results. I'm probably way low.
Robin Hood

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jun 19, 2011
Spell It Out for Me wrote:
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The County can enforce in unincorporated areas. On the other hand, municipalities, such as Anthony, make their own rules.
The "enforcement" is somewhere between joke and farce. Just like previous years.

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#12 Jun 19, 2011
Otis wrote:
Here's my prediction for the 4th.
5 mobile homes burned to the ground.
3 vehicles burned to the ground.
6 injuries from holding fireworks.
340 acres burned from fireworks.
11 sheds or outbuildings burned to the ground.
770 hours of volunteer firefighters time spent.
45,000 dollars of taxpayers money spent on fuel, paid firefighter time, OEM paid time, wear and tear on county fire apparatus.
Feel free to save the predictions and compare them with the results. I'm probably way low.
I'll amend your list a little. Fireworks will set the desert on fire in and around Chaparral from Mexicans/Texans who will light them off, and leave the tons of trash
along side the road. Dirty diapers and hundreds and hundreds of empty bottles and cans and other trash, including the burnt out fireworks.
Much of it is still visible along side the roads even today from years past. Go look.

They do it every year.

Then they will go "home" and complain about too many laws keeping them "down".

Since: Apr 11

Phoenix, AZ

#13 Jun 19, 2011
The other thing that Anthony doesn't have going for it are all the ghetto, low life, gang banging, good for nothing losers.
Otis

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jun 19, 2011
stopTAGGING ourWALLS wrote:
<quoted text>
I'll amend your list a little. Fireworks will set the desert on fire in and around Chaparral from Mexicans/Texans who will light them off, and leave the tons of trash
along side the road. Dirty diapers and hundreds and hundreds of empty bottles and cans and other trash, including the burnt out fireworks.
Much of it is still visible along side the roads even today from years past. Go look.
They do it every year.
Then they will go "home" and complain about too many laws keeping them "down".
The ironic thing is that every year the fire departments beg the county to ban fireworks. The fireworks sellers pay big bucks in "campaign donations" so the ban never takes place. Then the poor b*astards who man the trucks in Chapparel and Anthony come EVERY FRIGGIN' YEAR to the county fire department chiefs meeting and beg to have additional apparatus and manpower sent to help in the mayhem. Which, of course, leaves whichever district trying to lend and hand that many pieces of equipment and firefighters short. I wonder what the reaction will be when a tragic fire starts in one of the districts that is trying to help out and it is found that part of the cause of loss of life or property is that a tanker, engine, brush truck and firefighters were down putting out fires in Anthony and Chapparal?
fernieherrera

United States

#16 Jun 19, 2011
As a retired fire chief for anthony vol. fire dept. I spoke up during the city meeting but as trustee gonzales said three againest one is hard to win. I have seen first hand what a fire works fire can do and its not pretty. Please citizens of Anthony , be wise and don't be foolish this 4th of july.
Otis

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Jun 19, 2011
fernieherrera wrote:
As a retired fire chief for anthony vol. fire dept. I spoke up during the city meeting but as trustee gonzales said three againest one is hard to win. I have seen first hand what a fire works fire can do and its not pretty. Please citizens of Anthony , be wise and don't be foolish this 4th of july.
It's insane. I can tell you that the first time, God forbid, that a firefighter gets seriously injured in that idiocy there will be hell to pay for the politicos who refuse to protect the public safety. It isn't bad enough that there are overwhelming amounts of illegal fireworks, there is often plenty of random gunshots.
Humm

United States

#18 Jun 19, 2011
Don't sell fireworks to 9 year olds!
Murphys law

Las Cruces, NM

#19 Jun 19, 2011
How many of u rocket scientists can let us know how many fireworks either injured a person or directly injured a person. The Nevarez family has been selling them in Cruces since I was a kid (about 25 years ago). And even then people complained then, guess what...unless your paying $$ the they are, you ain't gonna ever get anywhere. There are places that sell fireworks year round and no one complained about that....why....cause of the $$.
dnl

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Jun 19, 2011
During last year's drought, how many fires where connected to fireworks? Did you know that the second largest fire in Arizona was started by the use of an off-terrain vehicle(four-wheeler). Should we ban this type of vehicle? How many times have you experienced a burning cigarette thrown from a vehicle. Do we ban smoking while driving? It could start a fire. We want government to be our answer. It should be about self-responsibility. We reside in a desert--really!!

“ Dump Obama November 6, 2012”

Since: Jan 11

Flush it.

#21 Jun 21, 2011
We love our fireworks we'll keep our fireworks.

Buy them light them fly them. Bigger the better.

Bang Bang Boom

Happy 4th of July

Bang Bang Boom Boom

If you don't like it hide under the bed, It will all be over soon.
aelwero

Phoenix, AZ

#22 Jun 30, 2011
I'm a big fan of fireworks, and I'm going to find somewhere safe and go light some on Monday, but even though I'm on that "side", I will say this... the comments about people being dangerous, stupid, inconsiderate and unsafe are true. folks leave spent fireworks, campfire, dirty diapers, and empty beer cans all over the place. I'm out there, I see it, I come back with bags full of other peoples trash as well as my own, but I don't for one second blame that on "enablers" like a shopkeeper... we don't need to shut down the store, we need to find those jackholes and fine them big time.

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