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Illegal fireworks involved in fatal crash south of Las Vegas

Updated July 1, 2019 - 3:32 pm

One person was killed early Monday in a crash south of Las Vegas involving a van carrying illegal fireworks.

The rollover crash was reported just before 4:50 a.m. on northbound U.S. Highway 95 about 15 miles north of Searchlight, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

No other details have been released surrounding the crash, including how many vehicles were involved. The person who died will be identified by the Clark County coroner’s office once family has been notified.

The highway was shutdown for several hours following the crash while crews cleaned up “hazardous material” from the fireworks.

A photo of the scene posted on Twitter by the Highway Patrol showed a white cargo van rolled onto its side, its windshield shattered. Another photo showed the back of the van stuffed with dozens of boxes of fireworks.

As part of an interagency crackdown effort in Southern Nevada, those found using illegal fireworks could face fines of up to $1,000 and other disposal fees.

Contact Marvin Clemons at mclemons@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0217. Review-Journal staff writer Rio Lacanlale contributed to this report.

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