Monks receive citation for illegal fireworks show

Monks were issued a citation for setting off a "treasure trove" of fireworks during a ban.

They'll likely be mindful of any future fireworks ban.

KRQE-TV reports (

) that Albuquerque authorities say, among the more than a dozen citations for illegal fireworks handed out July 4th, one was given to a group of Buddhist monks.

Albuquerque Fire Department inspector Darrick Pino says the citation was written after authorities stumbled upon an audience watching a fireworks show from the Hoi Phuoc Buddhist Temple.

Pino says the monks were setting off a treasure trove of illegal fireworks, including Roman candles and mortars.

Albuquerque was under fireworks restrictions due to high fire danger.

A woman with the temple told authorities the monks don't watch TV and didn't know there was a fireworks ban.