Sale of legal fireworks starts in Clark County
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The sale of legal fireworks in Clark County started Monday with authorities warning people to avoid dangerous devices that fly, spin or explode.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Clark County Fire Inspector Nick Giolito stressed the importance of buying only so-called “safe-and-sane” fireworks and avoid illicit products that present a greater fire hazard.
“The fireworks that are illegal will shoot up in the air, they will explode, and they will twirl on the ground,” Giolito said. “Those are ones that are uncontrollable and generally have fall-out ranges and if you’re within that fall-out range you could easily catch something on fire.”
People are encouraged to report the use of illegal fireworks at ISpyFireworks.com. Last year, the website received 27,194 complaints, including more than 17,332 on July 4, according to the county.
The public may call 311 to report illegal fireworks but are urged instead to use the site, given the anticipated high volume of calls.
Authorities will be patrolling targeted areas over the weekend and can issue citations carrying fines of $250 to $1,000.
All fireworks are illegal on parks and public lands, including Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon, all of which are tinder dry because of the drought and low humidity.
A historic drought in the U.S. West and fears of another devastating wildfire season have led officials in some western communities to cancel displays, pass bans or beg for caution.