By: Jennifer Tang
Fireworks are always illegal in Nevada when it is lit on streets, sidewalks, school properties, and any federal, state, or city properties. These restrictions apply to national parks and recreational areas, which means that fireworks are illegal in Nevada landmarks such as Lake Mead, Red Rock, Mount Charleston, Death Valley, and Spring Mountain. Private use of fireworks on a public property can result in a fine up to $10,000 and a year in jail, as well as the costs associated with the damage.
However, during the week of June 28 – July 4, some fireworks that are set off on private properties are allowed. During this period, all fireworks sold and used must carry a “Safe and Sane” label. “Safe and Sane” fireworks have met state safety regulations and do not explode or leave the ground. “Safe and Sane” fireworks will be the only ones sold from licensed booths and vendors throughout Clark County. Fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” label are illegal and can cause serious injury when handled in an unsafe manner. Fireworks are not allowed after midnight on July 4th. People who are caught possessing or setting off illegal fireworks could possibly receive a misdemeanor and a fine up to $1,000 and/or a maximum of six months in jail.
For people residing outside of Clark County, fireworks that do explode or leave the ground can be bought in Nye County or Indian reservations. However, there are limitations to where a person can set them off. All fireworks sold in Nye County must leave the county within 24 hours. In Nye County, it is illegal to possess or set off any and all types of fireworks. Fireworks purchased on Indian reservations must be set off at a designated location before leaving the reservation.
Police officers tend to enforce these fireworks laws in Clark County by setting up checkpoints for vehicles leaving Pahrump. People are also encouraged to report all illegal fireworks use on the non-emergency 3-1-1 line. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!