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 & sane” sold by locally licensed and inspected vendors are allowed and only June 28 – July 4.
“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. Most fireworks sold outside
Las Vegas and Clark County are likely to be illegal, and not all fireworks labeled “safe and sane” are legal in
Clark County and its cities. The best way to ensure that fireworks aren’t illegal is to buy them from local
vendors authorized to sell “safe and sane” fireworks during the permitted sales period. 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, and the
booths are inspected over the holiday for compliance. No fireworks of any kind, even those labeled “safe and sane,” are allowed at
Red Rock, Lake Mead, Mount Charleston or other public lands.
Remember: You Light It, We Write It!
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.
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).