Las Vegas files thousands of illegal fireworks complaints
UPDATE ON JULY 5: Clark County reports that almost 25,000 complaints were filed. It is unclear how many citations were issued. We are working to gather more information. Check back for updates.
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- The Fourth of July holiday is traditionally the busiest night for police and firefighters across the Las Vegas valley. This year, a multi-agency task force vowed to crack down on illegal fireworks.
“If it flies or it blows up, it’s illegal. That is how we know it is illegal,” LVMPD Captain Todd Raybuck told task force members, Wednesday night.
The first bust of the night came from a house near Decatur and Desert Inn.
By 10:30 p.m., Clark County officials documents at least seven illegal fireworks busts while embedded with a task force unit.
Police slamming violators with up to $1,000 citations.
“I think they have probably got some other things to do besides this, but it’s still illegal,” said resident Jeff Lacoff.
The crackdown puts the focus on improving safety within the Las Vegas Valley.
“We usually have a lot of dumpster fires, trash can fires, brush and tree fires,” said Las Vegas Fire & Rescue’s Tim Szymanski.
Before most of the night’s illegal activity lit up the sky, nearly 5,000 complaints had already been filed online through a reporting website called ispyfireworks.com, which enables authorities to pinpoint the hot spot areas for illegal firework activity.
Captain Raybuck said that LVMPD has already received anecdotal reports that the education campaign against illegal fireworks had reduced a lot of fireworks in some neighborhoods.
However, Szymanski anticipates a much more active night that in years past.
“Just driving around you can see more aerial fireworks than you have ever seen before from last year,” said Szymanski.