Fireworks in Santa Fe

The City of Santa Fe Fire Department reminds community members only certain kinds of fireworks can be used within city limits. Safe fireworks are defined as fireworks that have no report, do not make an explosive sound, are not self-propelling, and whose display does not extend above fifteen feet in height from the ground. Remember, watching a professional fireworks display in your community is the best and safest way to enjoy fireworks. If you choose to light your own fireworks, keep in mind that fireworks approved for use within the city limits are sold with an approved permit and from a store with a permanent structure at a recognized business location. City Ordinance does not permit the sale of fireworks from a fireworks tent or stand.

Legal fireworks include:

  • Snakes weighing up to 20 grams each.
  • Smoke devices and spray balls weighing up to 25 grams each.
  • Wheels should not exceed 60 grams in weight per driver unit, but any number of drivers may be on any one wheel. The inside bore of the driver tubes should not be over one-half inch.
  • Illuminating torches and colored fire in any form can weigh up to 100 grams each.
  • Sparklers and dipped sticks should weigh up to 100 grams. If they contain any chlorate or perchlorate, they should not exceed five grams in weight.
  • Cylindrical fountains should not exceed 75 grams each in weight. The inside tube diameter cannot exceed three-fourths inch.
  • Railway fuses, fuses, truck flares, hardship distress signals, smoke candles, smoke signals, and smoke pots.


Dangerous and Illegal Fireworks

Dangerous fireworks are prohibited by Ordinance within the city limits, and a violation can result in a misdemeanor charge punishable with imprisonment for up to 90 days or a fine not to exceed $500, or both. Dangerous and illegal fireworks are any firecracker, Roman candle, skyrocket, torpedo, bomb, blank cartridge, cone-shaped fountain, bottle rocket, and flyer, or any other type or form of explosive. Any firework that is self-propelling, where the display extends above 15 feet in height from the ground, and produces a loud bang by combustion, explosion, or detonation, are illegal and pose a fire hazard to the user and neighbors. These fireworks are especially dangerous during an extremely dry season.