The Fourth of July is this weekend, but you’ve likely already heard fireworks starting in your neighborhood.
This year, Clark County is really cracking down on illegal fireworks.
Legal fireworks sales started in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 28.
So-called "safe and sane" fireworks are the only kind allowed in Clark County -- but not on public lands such as Red Rock, Mt. Charleston and Lake Mead. Fireworks are not allowed after midnight on July 4.
Fines for illegal fireworks start at $500. Legislation approved in 2021 allows fines up to $10,000 for illegal fireworks, which often causes fires, injuries, distress to people and pets, and air pollution.
WHERE TO SEE FIREWORKS SHOWS
There are several outdoor fireworks shows to see in Southern Nevada:
Saturday, July 2
Sunday, July 3
Monday, July 4
The county also sent reminders to not call 911 to report illegal fireworks -- only emergencies such as injuries or fires. Clark County has a website to report illegal fireworks.
The county also provides several safety tips for anyone using fireworks.
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR NEIGHBORS, PETS
Ahead of the weekend, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is reminding revelers to think of veterans and trauma survivors before setting off fireworks.
The group said in a statement Monday the loud noises and flashing lights can “reinstate” post-traumatic stress disorder among individuals who have seen combat or been a victim of a violent crime, such as the 1 October shooting.
The organization urged community members to let surrounding neighbors know in advance if they plan to celebrate with fireworks to offer needed preparation time. Director Tennille Pereira said her group is there to help “anyone who needs it” to cope with trauma or triggering events.
'ARRIVE TOGETHER, STICK TOGETHER, LEAVE TOGETHER'
In the meantime, Signs of Hope, formerly known as the Rape Crisis Center is encouraging people to party safely: Arrive together, stick together and leave together.
Daniel Staple, the executive director of Signs of Hope, said it’s important to recognize vulnerabilities and potential problems before they get out of hand.
“We know predators use alcohol especially as a tool to create those power imbalances or to take advantage of vulnerabilities, he said. "Knowing that, it just often does mean an increase in the potential for assaults to happen.”
The group recommends the app Circle of 6, which allows the user to select six contacts and the app will send messages that say, “Come get me, I need help," or “call me” to interrupt a potential problem. The app will send a selected contact the person’s geo-location automatically.
Tennille Pereira, director, Vegas Strong Resiliency Center; James Fuller, fireworks safety expert, TNT Fireworks