The greatest threat from fireworks comes from those who choose to violate the law and use illegal fireworks usually purchased outside the valley. Illegal fireworks are characterized by the following:
- Explode (fire crackers, cherry bombs, etc.)
- Rocket (bottle rockets, roman candles, etc.)
Use only fireworks labeled "safe and sane" and only the way they are designed.
"Safe and sane" fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground are only allowed over the July 4th holiday when locally licensed and inspected fireworks stands are permitted to sell them.
Remember: No fireworks of any kind, even those labeled "safe and sane" are ever allowed on federal lands including Red Rock, Mt. Charleston, and Lake Mead.
How to Handle Fireworks Safely
- Use only "safe and sane" fireworks and only from June 28-July 4 when they are allowed for use in Clark County and the Las Vegas Valley. Fireworks are not allowed after midnight on July 4.
- Be a good neighbor when using fireworks, and be considerate of those who are sensitive to loud noises especially the elderly, veterans, children and pets.
- Place fireworks on a flat, hard surface like a parking lot in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles and dry brush.
- Have a pre-connected garden hose handy in case of fire.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or class containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- If your pets are afraid of fireworks, keep them indoors.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix – save your alcohol for after the show.
- A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from fireworks.
- Kids should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers can be dangerous – they can get hot enough to catch clothes on fire or cause skin burns.
- Light one firework at a time and quickly move away. Coordinate lighting the items so that everyone in your group anticipates when they will be set off and is not surprised.
- If an item fails to light, keep bystanders away from it for several minutes. (Sometimes a fuse malfunctions enough to slow the ignition time down, but it ignites seconds later.)
- If a firework malfunctions, catches on fire, or lands somewhere it shouldn't, make sure someone with a water supply can get to it and put it out.
- If someone's clothes catch on fire, help them to stop, drop and roll. Any burns should be treated with cool water and gauze. If the burn blisters, seek medical help.
- Place discharged fireworks into a bucket of water overnight to make certain they do not re-ignite. Make sure there are no remaining sparks, embers or heated debris that could cause something to ignite later.
- Clean up litter left behind from fireworks.
For more information, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau: (702) 455-7316.