Henderson, Nev. – With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Henderson Police will be on heightened alert for the use of illegal fireworks during the holiday weekend.

It is illegal to sell, use or possess non-permissible fireworks in the City of Henderson. Any device that explodes, rotates on the ground or leaves the ground is non-permissible and illegal in the City of Henderson. Illegal fireworks include, but are not limited to, roman candles, bottle rockets, black cats, trick matches, black jacks and lady fingers and are usually sold outside Clark County and on the tribal lands.

Examples of permissible fireworks are cylindrical or cone fountains, sparklers, toy smoke devices, snakes and glow worms. While safe and sane fireworks may seem harmless, they continue to account for many fireworks-related injuries each year. Safe and sane fireworks are capable of starting large fires, so it is important to exercise extreme caution.

Private use of fireworks of any kind is not allowed on public property, such as those owned by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, or City of Henderson parks, trail facilities, streets or sidewalks. Use of fireworks on public property can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and a year in jail, as well as the costs associated with resource damage, suppression costs, and injuries.

Illegal fireworks brought into Clark County can be confiscated, and a person possessing or using them can be cited. The penalty is a $1,000 fine and/or a maximum of six months in jail.

The Henderson Police fireworks hotline is 3-1-1 to report the use of illegal fireworks. The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for emergency services. Only call 9-1-1 if there is a crime in progress, a fire, or a medical emergency.


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