With the sale of legal fireworks that started Saturday, firefighting agencies in Southern Nevada are urging caution and offering safety tips to make sure the Fourth of July celebration is pure fun.
Clark County fire inspector Amanda Wildermuth said possessing and using illegal fireworks in the county is a misdemeanor. Illegal fireworks include those purchased outside of the county, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and Henderson.
Also no fireworks of any kind are allowed at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Red Rock National Conservation Area or in the Spring Mountains, including Mount Charleston.
Wildermuth also offered some safety tips.
“A lot of people do not dispose of them properly and they remain active and can cause harm,” she said.
Even when fireworks are used properly, they’re still dangerous, especially to children. Adults always should supervise children while fireworks are being fired, she said.
County Fire Chief Bertral Washington warned that most victims of fireworks-related injuries happen to children between the ages of 5 and 14.
Pet owners are urged to keep their furry friends at a safe distance from fireworks.
And keeping a connected water hose and buckets of water handy are precautions that fireworks users should not go without, Wildermuth said.
“Users should soak used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight to make sure that they do not reignite,” she said.
A parade and fireworks shows will be held on the Fourth. Some of the patriotic shows include:
■ Summerlin Patriotic Parade at Trails Village, 1970 Village Center Circle, Summerlin, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Includes floats, bands and balloons.
■ Fireworks extravaganza at Cashman Field beginning at 7:05 p.m.
■ Independence Day Jubilee at Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas. It will include live music, food and a carnival beginning at 1 p.m.
■ Fireworks at Caesars Palace at 9 p.m.
■ Fourth of July Celebration at Mission Hills Park, 551 Mission Drive, Henderson from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Includes live music, family activities and fireworks.
And for the thrill-seekers, a view of fireworks being launched from the High Roller lot will be available from the observation wheel — the tallest Ferris wheel in the world — from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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