Last night, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to 949 fireworks calls between 6 p.m. and midnight. This is more than double last year's July Fourth. And the Las Vegas Fire Department responded to 95 fires, up from 52 from last year's July Fourth.
In an effort to reduce illegal fireworks, Metro and fire inspectors launched the "You Light it, We Write It" campaign, where authorities issue citations carrying up to $1,000 fines plus disposal fees to anyone with illegal fireworks. Authorities also created the ISpyFireworks.com website, where people can submit reports of illegal fireworks, which led to at least 10 busts last night.
In Clark County, the only legal fireworks are Safe-n-Sane ones sold during the week prior to Fourth of July. All other fireworks, including those bought legally elsewhere, are prohibited in Clark County. Depending on the case, it may be possible to get illegal fireworks charges in Nevada reduced or dismissed. Learn more about Las Vegas fireworks laws.
For more on this story, see the Las Vegas Review-Journal article.