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Reno Fire reminds public about the dangers of fireworks

Post Date:07/01/2019 3:57 PM
The Reno Fire Department would like to remind the public that fireworks in Reno and Washoe County are not only dangerous, but illegal.

No fireworks are legal, except public fireworks displays permitted through the Fire Department having jurisdiction. Even though it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations outside of Washoe County, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks and/or pyrotechnics within the City of Reno and in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County.

Illegal 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, and the laws also provide for seizure and forfeiture of all such materials from individuals by law enforcement. 

"If your pyrotechnic activities cause property damage or bodily injury, the financial consequences can be significant,” Fire Marshal Tray Palmer said. “The local fire jurisdictions will seek for cost recovery, and fighting a fire caused by negligent activity can be expensive.”

If citizens are in possession of fireworks and would like to get rid of them in a safe and responsible manner, the Reno Fire Department has an amnesty program whereby you can turn them into a fire station, police officer, no questions asked.

For more information, contact the Reno Fire Department's Division of Fire Prevention at 775-334-2300.
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