Approved “Safe-N-Sane” fireworks will go on sale beginning Thursday, June 28, at more than 300 non-profit organization fireworks booths in Southern Nevada. The fireworks that are sold at the booths were tested and approved by valley fire departments for use during the holiday period. The public is urged to use extreme caution during the next week when using fireworks due to the extremely dry conditions and high fire danger in the valley.
Of more concern is the use of illegal fireworks, those that fly through the air, rotate on the ground or explode. These fireworks cannot be controlled and many times they end up in trees or rooftops, causing a fire. People who use illegal fireworks can be cited with a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail.
Before the fireworks can go on sale, the booth will have to be inspected by fire inspectors to ensure all safety guidelines are met. At the end of the day, the fireworks must be removed from the booth and returned to the supplier, or they can be kept in the booth as long as a person remains on duty.
After 11:59 p.m. on July 4, Safe-N-Sane fireworks are illegal and should not be used.
Some safety precautions people should take when using fireworks include:
• Fireworks should be used on a flat surface, such as the ground or the driveway. Fireworks should not be used on streets.
• Stay away from bushes, grass and trees or anything else that might catch fire. Stay away from vehicles.
• Have a bucket of water and garden hose available to use in case of fire.
• Fireworks should be used by adults. Children should not be permitted to play or light fireworks.
• After the fireworks are used, they should be picked up with a shovel and dropped into the bucket of water and allowed to soak for at least an hour before discarding them into the trash.
• “Duds,” or fireworks that do not fire after being lit, should be picked up with a shovel and dropped into a bucket of water and allowed to soak for several hours before being discarded.
• If a fire does start because of the fireworks, don't panic. Use a garden hose to either extinguish the fire or keep it in check until firefighters arrive on scene.
• Fireworks should never be used in a building.
• Fireworks are not permitted at any time on streets, in any parks, on city property or on school district property. They are also not permitted on federal property, which includes all the parks and recreational areas surrounding the valley including Lake Mead, Mount Charleston, the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon. These areas are in fire danger conditions and fireworks are an extreme danger in these areas.
More safety information about the use of fireworks can be found at www.lasvegasfire.org