LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Due to an increase in reports of illegal fireworks this year, and in preparation for the busy Fourth of July weekend, Las Vegas firefighters say they're using all available engines.
"We have no brownouts, so all the engines will be out," said Tim Szymanski, with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started, fire departments across the valley have actually seen a decrease in calls, forcing some engines to temporarily be taken out of the rotation. However, Szymanski says that won't be the case over the holiday weekend.
Authorities also want to remind the community that illegal fireworks are not the way to celebrate Independence Day, saying they are very dangerous.
A major reason for fires during the 4th of July holiday period: IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF SPENT FIREWORKS. Take a MINUTE to watch how to DO IT RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/2HgRxpMxXF— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) July 3, 2020
If you spot illegal fireworks, you're encouraged to go to ispyfireworks.com.
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From June 1 to July 2, the website has received nearly 9,000 reports of illegal fireworks. During the same time last year it received 1,600 reports.
For information on how to celebrate around the valley in a safe way, check out the list of events: ktnv.com/JulyFourth2020.