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Be a good neighbor when using fireworks. Be considerate of those who are sensitive to loud noises especially children, seniors, pets, veterans and people suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Before lighting fireworks, be prepared in case of fire. Have a pre-connected garden hose handy. Maintain buckets filled with water to soak discharged fireworks after use.

Only fireworks labeled “safe and sane” are allowed and only from June 28 – July 4 in Clark County and the area cities, except in cases of permitted commercial shows. Fireworks are not allowed after midnight on July 4. “Safe & sane” fireworks include items that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air.

Not all fireworks labeled “safe & sane” are legal. The best way to ensure that fireworks aren’t illegal is to buy them from locally licensed and inspected fireworks stands allowed to sell approved items for fundraising purposes over the July Fourth holiday. Authorized products contain a seal in the packaging from the California State Fire Marshal, not a sticker.

No fireworks of any kind, even those labeled “safe and sane,” are allowed at Red Rock, Lake Mead, Mount Charleston or other public lands. Wildland fires are a year-round concern in our desert climate.

Please do NOT call 911 to report illegal fireworks complaints. Keep 9-1-1 free for life-threatening emergencies. Instead, go online to register illegal fireworks complaints at This helps agencies involved in the You Light It, We Write It effort collect data about the problem and plan future enforcement efforts.

Use fireworks on flat, hard surfaces such as parking lots and cul-de-sacs away from buildings, vehicles, dry brush and bystanders. Always use fireworks outdoors.

Never throw or point fireworks at someone. Coordinate lighting of items so everyone in the group knows when they will be set off and won’t be surprised. Never try to make your own fireworks.

Keep close supervision on children and pets, maintaining a distance away from the fireworks that are being ignited to minimize the possibility of injury.

Beware of sparklers. These can be popular items to give young children, but they can get hot enough to cause clothes to catch fire or cause bad skin burns when used.

Clean up litter left behind by fireworks. Don’t let kids pick up pieces of spent fireworks. Some may still be ignited. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash.

Leave the big fireworks shows to the pros. Several commercial fireworks shows are permitted over July 4th each year for the public’s enjoyment. Neighborhood use of consumer fireworks should be limited to the “safe & sane” type only.