Fireworks Regulations and Safety

To view the complete listing of Rio Rancho's fireworks rules and regulations, use the following link and search under Chapter 92 fireworks.


The city of Rio Rancho prohibits fireworks that go higher than 10 feet and are louder than a cap gun.

For a number of years, the city of Rio Rancho has had its ban in place regarding all of the types of fireworks it can legally prohibit under state statute. Only changes to state law would give the city of Rio Rancho authority to ban the sale and use of currently legal fireworks in the community.

Citizens should be cautious that purchasing fireworks from a vendor does not always mean that they are legal for use within city limits. If you believe illegal fireworks are being sold or used in Rio Rancho, please contact the public safety non-emergency telephone number, (505) 891-7226.

Look for the “Safe and Sane” label when purchasing fireworks as these do not fly or explode. If you purchase fireworks in the city of Rio Rancho, the Fire and Rescue Department has inspected and approved all fireworks vendors to assure that the "Safe and Sane" criteria has been met.

Penalties and Seizure

City representatives shall seize, take, remove or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner all stocks of noncomplying fireworks offered or exposed for sale, stored or held in violation of city ordinance.

Any person that is issued a citation and found guilty of selling, being in possession of, or using a firework within city limits in violation of city ordinance shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for a period of not more than 90 days, or by both. Each instance of violation of city ordinance shall constitute a separate offense.

Igniting fireworks, starting or maintaining any fire, or smoking in the Rio Rancho Bosque is prohibited by city ordinances at all times. Those found in violation of these restrictions can face a fine up to $500, 90 days of jail time, or both.

Fireworks Safety

Improper use or using illegal fireworks can start a fire and potentially damage open spaces, homes, and other property. Sparks or embers from fireworks can light grasses, weeds and trees on fire. When fanned by high winds, the destruction can be significant. Something as innocent as a sparkler can create enough heat and sparks to cause a fire.

Safety Tips When Using Fireworks

The Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue Department and the New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office offer these safety tips if you are going to use fireworks:

ALWAYS read and follow the label directions.
ALWAYS have an adult present when handling fireworks.
ALWAYS buy from a reliable fireworks vendor.
ALWAYS ignite fireworks outdoors.
ALWAYS have a water source handy.
ALWAYS light one firework at a time.
ALWAYS store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
ALWAYS dispose of fireworks properly.
ALWAYS use fireworks in an area clear of any vegetation.
NEVER light fireworks in the Bosque or in the National Forests.
NEVER hold a lighted firework in your hands.
NEVER re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
NEVER give fireworks to small children.
NEVER experiment with or attempt to make your own fireworks.
NEVER throw fireworks at another person.
NEVER carry fireworks in your pockets.
NEVER shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.