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Illegal Fireworks and Fire Danger Worry Officials

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LAS VEGAS -- Fireworks and the Fourth of July go hand in hand. But fireworks can be very dangerous at parties and in backyards. This year, dry conditions and illegal fireworks are a huge concern.

Just remember if it shoots through the air, rotates on the ground or explodes, it's not legal in Clark County. You won't find anything like that at stands around the valley. Those stands are certified as safe by fire inspectors. But some people go out of town to get the fireworks and that could pose a problem. 

"It's less expensive, you get two, three for one, even on the cases," said Rafael Reyes, who is  buying fireworks in Pahrump because they are cheaper.

Nye County has more lax fireworks laws which allow the sale of items not allowed in Clark County. If you are thinking of bringing illegal fireworks into Clark County, you might want to thing again.

"We find a reason to stop you and we look inside the car and if we find illegal fireworks, we will confiscate them and issue a citation," said Trooper Scott Cobel, Nevada Highway Patrol. He added that NHP has stopped drivers carrying as much as $15,000 in illegal fireworks.

Those buying and transporting illegal fireworks could up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. But Clark County fire officials say there is also a greater risk.

"We are concerned about the higher level of vegetation of course, the dryness, extremely hot temperatures this week leading into the Fourth of July," said Scott Allison, Clark County Fire Dept.

Illegal fireworks pose a threat to people and property.

"In this heat, anything goes up in the air, it may land on the roofs," Reyes said.

"If you happen to cause a fire, say if you set a bottle rocket off and it lands on your neighbor's roof and you burn your neighbor's house down, you will be responsible, you will be liable for that house," said Allison.

Enforcement will be out in force as the second most dangerous fire holiday of the year approaches. Fire and police officials advise everyone to have a good time but obey the law.

 

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