Fireworks can be fascinating. Their colors and booming explosions are enough to capture just about anyone's attention. Unfortunately, they’re also extremely dangerous in the wrong hands and can be the subject of a premise liability or personal injury case with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. A central Las Vegas community learned just how easily fun times could turn into fearful ones when a family of four was forced from their home after a fireworks-initiated fire blazed through their property.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the family's neighbors were setting off illegal fireworks when the remains of one caught a bush on fire just outside the family's home. The family was inside their home when one of the family members noticed orange flickering outside a bathroom window.
According to Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman, Tim Szymanski, the man grabbed a gallon of water and attempted to extinguish the fire with it. When that failed, he attempted to use a garden hose but the flames had already begun spreading too fast. By the time official fire crews arrived, the fire had shot up an exterior wall and ignited the building's attic.
It took the Las Vegas Fire Department 30 minutes before they were able to successfully extinguish the blaze. Not before the fire caused an estimated $55,000 in damages and respiratory health issues for one family member.
It’s unknown whether the displaced family will pursue a legal case against the individual who set off the illegal fireworks, but a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer could help them recoup damages. While homeowner's (or renter's) insurance should foot the bill in cases of a fire, other out-of-pocket expenses can be pursued due to neighbor negligence. Fireworks are dangerous and many of them are illegal and inoperable without special licenses. A person who is injured by fireworks, illegal or not, may hold the person responsible for setting off those fireworks via a personal injury claim with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.
You can help prevent fires from occurring by practicing safety tips such as:
- Putting sparklers and other consumer grade fireworks in a bucket of water once they’re finished
- Staying away from ground-based fountain devices
- Keeping family members a safe distance away from firework displays
- Setting off fireworks only on a concrete, compact dirt, or similar non-flammable pad
- Only purchasing legal “safe and sane” fireworks in Clark County