Nevada Firemen Bracing for Fireworks-Related Fires this July Fourth

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jul 02, 2012 | 0 Comments

This Fourth of July, Reno firemen are expecting to fight several fires caused by illegal fireworks. In years past the fires ranged from small brush fires to entire homes being burned down. Fireworks have also resulted in people getting severely injured and burned.

For the most part Nevada fireworks laws allow each county to regulate the purchase, sale and use of fireworks. In Clark County, the majority of fireworks are illegal year round. Only Safe-n-Sane fireworks sold by licensed vendors may be bought in the week prior to July Fourth, and they may be ignited only on July Fourth. Under Nevada fireworks laws, it's even unlawful to bring in illegal fireworks to Clark County that were bought legally in neighboring Nye County.

Under Nevada fireworks laws, possession of illegal fireworks is usually a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000. In practice, police typically issue a citation and confiscate the fireworks. But if someone causes injuries or property damage by setting off fireworks, he/she may face felony prosecution.

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