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New Mexico fireworks vendors invite El Pasoans to visit them once ban takes effect

MESILLA, New Mexico -- El Paso leaders may plan to ban fireworks on the holiday weekend, but New Mexico vendors are welcoming Texans to cross state lines.

"I welcome any business," said Jimmy Nevarez, who has been in the fireworks business almost his whole life.

His pop-up tent, which sells fireworks on Avenida de Mesilla, is packed with merchandise.

"We're trying to social distance and we sanitize every thirty minutes," Nevarez said. "Other than that, this year is just about the same as normal."

However, if Texans want to cross state lines, they must wear masks or face the consequences.

"If they're going to come over here and enjoy the fourth, so to speak, they need to be cognizant of the rules and regulations in our county," said Dona Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart.

She said her deputies are prepared to fine visitors and residents up to $300 if they are gathering in public places without masks. New Mexico State Police can also enforce the statewide mask ordinance.

"We're not necessarily expecting the worst," Sheriff Steward said. "We'd like to expect the best."

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Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.

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