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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:41 pm | Updated: 8:56 pm, Tue Jun 25, 2013.

The town of Taos and Taos County are asking a business selling fireworks in the Wal-Mart parking lot to cease operations until the threat of wildfires ebbs.

In a joint letter from Taos Mayor Darren Córdova and county commission chairman Dan Barrone to Wal-Mart and TNT Fireworks, the governments point out that there are five major wildfires burning in the state, and conditions in Taos are ripe for a local blaze.

After three years of persistent drought, conditions even within our residential communities and along our roadsides are extremely dry, fanned by continuing intense daily dry winds and persistent above average temperatures," the letter reads.

"We are asking both organizations (Wal-Mart and TNT Fireworks) to seriously consider the elimination or rescheduling of all fireworks sales until our fire conditions improve in order to eliminate or reduce the threat to our forests, our firefighters and our community at-large," the letter goes on to say.

Taos County enacted strict fireworks and burn bans two weeks ago, but state law prevents the wholesale prohibition of fireworks sales.

Córdova and Barrone were scheduled to personally visit the TNT Fireworks stand Tuesday (June 25) to make their appeal in person.

To download a copy of the letter, click the link at left.

For more on this story, see the June 27 edition of The Taos News.

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  • planet posted at 4:20 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    planet Posts: 2

    How about NOT having the Town Fireworks at all, setting a Fire Threat example, and not frightening the hell out of all the animals at Stray Hearts! We are not a town that has ANY need of fireworks at this time, and certainly not at the expense of such fright and possible injury to Shelter and other animals. We have petitioned to STOP this barbaric entertainment right next to the shelter, at such horrible cost, to no avail.
    My own dog is so frightened by Fireworks she tries to climb up my body, shaking in fear. Horses in the county run around in danger of maiming themselves IN Total FEAR. Why are we still doing this? We are not a town that needs , nor really appreciates Fireworks, in leu of the Damage they do, the cost outweighs any enjoyment.