Illegal Fireworks Crackdown Begins in Las Vegas Area



As “safe and sane” fireworks go on sale in unincorporated Clark County, officials are reminding the public that the You Light It, We Write It effort to crack down on the possession and firing of illegal fireworks in the Las Vegas Valley will continue through the Independence Day holiday 2019. Information about the effort is available at www.YouLightItWeWriteIt.Vegas. Only fireworks labeled “safe and sane” are allowed over the July Fourth holiday. Only fireworks labeled “safe and sane” are allowed and only from July 1, 2019, through July 4, 2019, in unincorporated areas of the county where locally licensed and inspected non-profit fireworks stands are permitted to sell them. No fireworks are allowed after midnight on July 4. As part of the “You Light It, We Write It” effort, the public is encouraged to report illegal fireworks complaints online at www.ISpyFireworks.com instead of calling 911 or 311. In 2018, the ISpy site logged more than 25,000 complaints, including 21,800 on July 4. Enforcement teams of police and fire inspectors from the County, city of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas will be in local neighborhoods over the holiday to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks. Offenders caught using illegal fireworks may be subject to citations of up to $1,000 and possible fireworks disposal fees. Reports to the ISpy website do not result in a police dispatch. Instead, the data is used to document problem areas and plan law future enforcement efforts. Officials remind the public that 911 should only be used to report life-threatening police, fire and medical emergencies. The public may call 311, the police non-emergency number, to report illegal fireworks usage complaints but callers are asked to exercise patience, especially on busy nights like the Fourth of July, when dispatchers must prioritize emergency responses. Noise from fireworks often poses a serious nuisance and hardship to senior citizens, pets, veterans and people suffering from post-traumatic stress. Clark County produced Public Service Announcements for radio and TV to help publicize the You Light It, We Write It effort with agency partners. Clark County produced an additional :30-second PSA to highlight the impact that the sudden and unexpected noise from illegal fireworks poses for seniors, veterans any people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some local citizens, including a 1 October survivor as well Col. Cavan Craddock, commander of Nellis Air Force Base, donated their time to help us produce this PSA. You can download the PSA for TV or radio from these links copied below. One produced with assistance from The Animal Foundation highlights the impact that the use of illegal fireworks has on pets. The shelter’s population typically increases by hundreds of pets over the Fourth of July holiday because of fear and anxiety caused by illegal fireworks noise. Most of the lost pets are never reclaimed.

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