Rainfall makes for a safe Fourth

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This year marked a quiet, safe Fourth of July.

Neither the city fire department nor the county fire marshal were called on to put out any firework-related blazes. The afternoon rainstorm greatly reduced the risk of a fire, Fire Marshal Fred Hollis said.

The National Weather Service reported nearly a half-inch of rain on July 4 and another 1.16 inches of rain on Thursday for Socorro.

In Magdalena, there was less rain, but it was enough to quell fireworks concerns, county officials said.

Lightning, however, sparked a small fire on Thursday afternoon below the Magdalena Ridge, according to the Magdalena Ranger District. Fire crews worked to get the blaze, which was described as being a single tree, knocked down quickly.

But it was fireworks most folks were worried about, and in the end there wasn’t a problem.

There were no police citations given for prohibited fireworks at either the city or county level.

“I believe it (the ban on certain types of fireworks) was (effective),” said Socorro Detective Angel Garcia. “I believe it was a good Fourth of July this year.”

Neither the Socorro Police Department nor the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office reported any DWIs.