Law enforcement and fire inspector teams will be fanning out in Las Vegas neighborhoods over the Fourth of July holiday to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks.

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Anyone caught using illegal fireworks faces fines up to $1,000 and 6 months in jail.

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An estimated 11,100 people were treated for fireworks injuries in the United States in 2016.

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Teams of police and fire inspectors from Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas will be cracking down on the use of illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday this year. Those caught face fines of up to $1,000 and disposal fees may apply. Fireworks were responsible for almost 13,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals in 2017. Children younger than 15 years of age make up one-third (36 percent) of the injuries. Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year and cause an average of $43 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fireworks noise scares pets and can be disturbing to seniors, veterans and those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Additionally, fireworks pollute our air. It's time to put a stop to to the proliferation of illegal fireworks.

If you're thinking of driving to communities outside the local area to buy non-safe and sane fireworks so that you can set them off in Greater Las Vegas and Clark County, don't! Only fireworks labeled “safe and sane” are allowed and only from July 1 through July 4 in Clark County and the cities of Henderson and North Las Vegas when they are permitted to be sold. “Safe and sane” fireworks are allowed in the city of Las Vegas June 28 through July 4. The best way to ensure that fireworks are not illegal is to buy them from locally licensed and inspected fireworks stands permitted to operate over the holiday. Most fireworks purchased outside our area are likely to be illegal. Remember: No fireworks of any kind are ever allowed on federal lands including Red Rock, Mt. Charleston and Lake Mead.

“Safe and sane” fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, Roman candles and sky rockets – any item made of highly combustible materials. Fireworks sold at TNT and Phantom Fireworks booths this season have been tested and approved in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County

Reporting Illegal Fireworks

Residents are urged NOT to call 911 to report illegal fireworks. It is important to keep 911 free for life-threatening emergencies. Instead, help us crack down on illegal fireworks by reporting location complaints online at www.ISpyFireworks.com. The information will allow us to collect data about where illegal fireworks are being ignited so we can plan future law enforcement actions.

The public may call 311, the police non-emergency number, to report illegal fireworks usage complaints but your call may not result in a police dispatch due to the need to prioritize emergency responses. On busy nights like the Fourth of July, our police and fire enforcement teams can see for themselves where the fireworks are coming from and will respond according to available resources. The use of illegal fireworks is a community problem, and we appreciate your support in reporting complaints to the ISpyFireworks website.

Help Spread the Word

If you're tired of the illegal fireworks and want to help us stop their use, please tell your neighbors about our You Light It, We Write It effort. Show them this website. Encourage them to report the use of illegal fireworks at www.ISpyFireworks.com so we can collect data about hot spots. Disseminate our fliers. Share our content in neighborhood newsletters and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, NextDoor and other social media using the hashgtag #YouLightItWeWriteIt. Together, we can stop the proliferation of illegal fireworks and hopefully put an end to the injuries and fires.

Injuries

Fireworks were responsible for almost 13,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals in 2017, and at least eight deaths. Children younger than 15 years of age make up one-third (36 percent) of the injuries, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Source: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks