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Celebrate the 4th of July Safely Fireworks are Illegal in Washoe County. Get Caught, Be Prosecuted!

Sparks, Nevada ~ In a typical year, Independence Holiday fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes of fire combined. Sparks Fire Department encourages everyone to enjoy the holiday safely by leaving fireworks shows to the professionals.

Remember that fireworks are illegal in Washoe County. Get caught, say local authorities, and you will be prosecuted.  “Absolutely no fireworks are legal in Sparks, except those permitted by the Sparks Fire Department for the Nugget’s Star-Spangled Sparks fireworks show, “said Fire Chief Jim Reid.

Injury and fire reports across the nation prove the risk. Even sparklers reach temperatures of 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. The explosive power of bottle rockets results in numerous injuries, preventing both children and adults from ever regaining normal vision.

This fire risk is especially high in our high-desert area of Northern Nevada, where erratic winds and homes that border wildland areas are common.

Possession or use of fireworks can result in fines of up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail for each offense.

Reid encourages individuals possessing fireworks to drop them off at a local fire station for safe disposal. Get more information from the Sparks Fire Department Prevention Bureau online at www.sparksfire.com (click on “Prevention”), or by phone at (775) 353-2266. 

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