Fourth of July was busier than usual for local firefighters

Firefighters responded Thursday to twice the normal rate of incidents for the Fourth of July holiday, but no major building fires were reported, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Most of the 80 “outside fire” calls involving grass, brush and trees were fireworks-related. Many calls were of palm trees on fire, which caused embers to rain down and start other fires on yards, brush and buildings.

A few homes received minor damage when nearby trash cans or brush started on fire, but none resulted in injuries or caused people to leave their homes.

One person was taken to the hospital when a firework exploded in their face, the sole significant fireworks-related injury of the evening.

Firefighters responded to 412 incidents. The busiest period was from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with most activity occurring near downtown or in the west side of Las Vegas.

Contact Melissah Yang at or 702-383-0491.


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