Las Vegas certainly loves to party. However, that doesn't mean the city doesn't also believe in keeping residents safe with firework regulations. Fireworks are both legal and illegal depending upon where you go, what you use, and when.
It's actually illegal to buy, sell, and even possess fireworks in Clark County for most of the year, with the week leading up to the New Year being one of the few exceptions. During this week, all fireworks legally sold in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson must be classified 'Safe and 'Sane'. You can buy these fireworks from licensed vendors that have been approved by the Clark County fire department.
'Safe and Sane' fireworks are those that have been designed not to propel themselves forward or upwards and are generally less powerful and less unpredictable than their illegal counterparts. Examples of such Safe and Sane fireworks include sparklers and champagne poppers that use tiny charges.
Illegal fireworks can generally be classified as anything that explodes, flies, or otherwise twirls on the ground in an uncontrollable manner. This includes sky rockets, bottle rockets, firecrackers, and M-80s. These restrictions are designed to reduce the injuries, deaths, structural and environmental damages related to the improper use of fireworks.
Legal Places to Use
In addition to ensuring you buy the right legal fireworks, it's important to understand the legal places you can use those fireworks. The general rule of thumb is, you can use fireworks on any private property you have permission to use. It is illegal to use fireworks, including the Safe and Sane ones, on or at the following locations:
- City, county, state, and federal property
- Mount Charleston
- Red Rock Canyon
- Lake Mead
The penalty for being caught lighting any fireworks in these areas can be as much as $5,000, sometimes even more.
Of course, you can skip the risks altogether and enjoy professional pyrotechnic shows sanctioned and sponsored by the city and local casinos. The Strip will be showcasing incredible firework displays on New Years and New Years Eve in addition to exciting live entertainment.
The Attorneys at GGRM wish everyone a safe and fun New Years. If you've been personally injured in someone else's illegal (or legal) fireworks doing, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact GGRM at 702-338-4476 to schedule a free consultation.