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☷ Searchlight, Nevada - Public Asked  to Keep July Fourth Fireworks Celebrations `Safe amp Sane 02 June 2022

☷ Searchlight, Nevada - Public Asked to Keep July Fourth Fireworks Celebrations `Safe amp Sane 02 June 2022

Searchlight, , state Nevada
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   With the July Fourth holiday fast approaching , Clark County and partnering agencies are asking the public to follow the rules regarding fireworks .
   “Safe and sane” fireworks are the only type of consumer fireworks allowed in Clark County and the local cities and only from
   June 28 through July 4
    each year when nonprofit groups are allowed to sell them for fundraising purposes at locally licensed and inspected stands . The inter - agency “You Light It , We Write It” campaign to educate the public about what’s allowed and not allowed – and the penalties if caught using illegal fireworks – will be active over the July Fourth holiday . Information about the initiative is available at
   www . YouLightItWeWriteIt . Vegas
    .  Starting this year , offenders caught using illegal fireworks in unincorporated County areas will face an increased minimum fine of $500 , up from $250 . The Nevada State Legislature authorized the County to increase the fines for illegal fireworks during the 2021 session . The legislation allows for fines of up to $10 , 000 for large amounts of illegal fireworks found within the community .
   “The use of illegal fireworks in neighborhoods over the Fourth of July has been a growing problem that we need the community’s help to solve , ” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick , who has been active in working to address the issue . “As residents come and go from the Las Vegas Valley in upcoming weeks , we ask you not to buy illegal fireworks sold by vendors outside our area for use here . If you plan to use fireworks in your family celebrations , please only buy safe and sane fireworks from the local booths that are approved to operate over the holiday . ”
   All fireworks , including those labeled “safe and sane , ” are a concern during the spring and summer months when the threat of wildland fire is highest in Southern Nevada . Neighborhood concerns about noise , litter , and the use of illegal fireworks purchased outside the Las Vegas Valley are common . No fireworks of any kind are allowed at Clark County Wetlands Park and other local parks , or on public lands in the region including Mount Charleston , Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon . Officials caution that even approved “safe and sane” fireworks can cause fires and injuries and should only be used with adult supervision .
   In addition to the County , partners in the “You Light It , We Write It” effort include the area cities , the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol . As part of the effort , the public is asked to report illegal fireworks complaints online at
   www . ISpyFireworks . com
    instead of calling 911 .  Complaints logged on the ISpy fireworks site are for data collection purposes only – they do not result in a police dispatch . The misuse of 911 to report fireworks complaints , instead of life - threatening emergencies , bogs down the local police and fire dispatch center and can reduce response times to emergencies .   The public may call 311 to report illegal firework complaints but responses are prioritized based on available resources . In 2021 , the ISpy site logged 21 , 134 complaints from June 28 – July 4 , including 13 , 447 on July 4 .
   “July Fourth is one of our busiest nights of the year for accidents and fires , ” said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck . “We need the public’s support in keeping celebrations safe and sane , and we also need to remind the public not to call 911 to report complaints about illegal fireworks because 911 should only be used to report life - threatening emergencies . ”
   Officials say the best way to ensure that fireworks aren’t illegal is to buy them from local vendors authorized to sell “safe and sane” fireworks during the permitted , seven - day sales period that beings June 28 . No fireworks are allowed after midnight on July 4 .   Fireworks sold at TNT or Phantom Fireworks booths this season have been tested and approved in the local jurisdictions to ensure they don’t leak , burn too hot or project too high in the sky . The sales booths are inspected over the holiday for compliance . “Safe and sane” fireworks generally include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small , circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air .  Illegal fireworks include firecrackers , Roman candles , and sky rockets – anything made of highly combustible materials . Fireworks purchased from vendors located outside Clark County are likely to be illegal including those purchased from vendors in Pahrump , Amargosa Valley and the Moapa Band of Paiutes .
   Residents are encouraged to support the annual “You Light It , We Write It” effort by sharing information about the campaign with friends and neighbors . Flyers and TV PSAs in English and Spanish are available on the campaign’s website , along with a list of professional fireworks shows that gets updated regularly as the holiday approaches . Residents also are encouraged to support the campaign by sharing participating agencies’ content on social media and using the hashtag #youlightitwewriteit . The website offers safety tips for people planning to use safe and sane fireworks . Recommendations include:
   Be Courteous: Let your neighbors know ahead of time if you plan to celebrate with fireworks so the noise doesn’t surprise them . Clean up litter left behind by fireworks .
   Be prepared in case of fire . Have a pre - connected garden hose handy .
   Use fireworks on flat , hard surfaces such as parking lots and cul - de - sacs away from buildings , vehicles , dry brush and bystanders .
   Place discharged fireworks into a bucket of water overnight to make certain they do not re - ignite .
   Closely supervise children and pets; maintaining a distance away from the fireworks that are being ignited minimizes the possibility of injury . Do not let children ignite fireworks .
   Beware of sparklers . These can be popular items to give young children , but they can cause clothes to catch fire and serious burns .
   Coordinate lighting the items so that everyone in the group anticipates when they will be set off and won’t be surprised .
                                                                                   
   

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