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Reno Fire Department: Fireworks are dangerous, and illegal

Post Date:06/30/2020 1:18 PM

The Reno Fire Department (RFD) would like to remind everyone 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,” Reno 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, RFD has an amnesty program whereby you can turn them into a fire station, no questions asked. For more information, contact RFD’s Division of Fire Prevention at 775-334-2300.

Fireworks Facts

  • The National Fire Protection Association reports that fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in property damage.
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks-related injuries; half of those injuries were to extremities, and 34 percent were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 accounted for more than one-third (36 percent) of the estimated 2018 injuries.
  • Media and the public are advised that there will be a permitted Damonte Ranch fireworks display on Friday, July 4 at 9 p.m. Please live stream it from your home or watch it on Channel 4 or 11, as no gatherings are permitted for this event.
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