LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — First responders have received nearly 2,000 calls about illegal fireworks in the past month and the number continues to go up every day.
Police officers and fire crews are joining forces once again with a task force to try and stop them.
During a Tuesday night meeting, police, fire inspectors and the fireworks task force discussed what to expect for the Fourth of July. They are determined to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks.
“We were just amazed at how many reports we have seen,” Metro Captain Jamie Prosser said.
It’s the task force’s second year. It’s also the second time they are using a website where people can report illegal fireworks in their neighborhoods. By July 2, the website already had 1,700 hits.
Someone caught with illegal fireworks can be fined as much as $1,000. More importantly, people using those illegal fireworks can start unintended fires or face other dangers.
“We get a lot of calls for injuries, call for burns,” Casillas said.
Adding to the firework dangers this year is unusually dry weather.
“We have a mix of dry conditions at only six to 7 percent humidity and we’re going to have breezy winds which is not a good combination,” said Ted Florendo, 8 News Now weather anchor.
The task force hopes illegal firework use lessens as years go by because — many times — the consequences are much greater than a citation.
People have lost their homes from fires. People’s kids have been injured. Not to mention the impact it has on our veterans who suffer from PTSD as well as other members in the community who have PTSD from 1 October, Prosser said.
As a reminder, police are asking that people don’t call 911 and 311 to report illegal firework, instead use this website www.ISpyFireworks.com.