Law enforcement and fire inspectors will be fanning out across the Las Vegas Valley this year to
crack down on the use of illegal fireworks. Those caught face fines of up to $1,000 (and 6 months in jail)
and disposal fees may apply. Fireworks were responsible for an estimated 11,100 injuries treated in U.S.
hospitals in 2016, the most recent year statistics were available. Children younger than 15 years of age
make up almost one-third (31 percent) of the injuries. It is estimated that local fire departments respond
to 50,000+ fires caused by fireworks each year. Fireworks noise scares pets and can be disturbing to veterans
and those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Additionally, fireworks pollute our air. It's time that
we put an end to the proliferation of illegal fireworks. If you're thinking of driving to our neighboring communities
to buy non-safe and sane fireworks so that you can set them off in Greater Las Vegas and Clark County, don't!
And remember: You Light It, We Write It!
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 this
new effort. Show them this website. Disseminate our fliers. Share our content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other
social media using the hashgtag #YouLightItWeWriteIt. Together, we can put an end to proliferation of illegal fireworks
and hopefully put an end to the injuries and fires.
Fireworks were responsible for an estimated 11,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals in 2016, the most recent year
statistics were available. There also were an average of 7.1 reports of fireworks-related deaths annually over the last
15 years, according to the United State Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Children younger than 15 years of age
make up for almost one-third (31 percent) of the injuries. Sixty-nine percent of the injuries were burns. One-third of the
injuries were to hands and fingers. Twenty-percent of the time the injuries were to the head, face and ears, 18 percent of
the time the legs were injured, and 12 percent of the time it was the trunk of the body that was injured. Eyes were injured
in 9 percent of the cases.