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People upset over lack of enforcement on illegal fireworks across Las Vegas Valley

Posted at 7:25 AM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 23:53:43-04

UPDATE JULY 5: People are furious after what they say was the worst Fourth of July for illegal fireworks across the Las Vegas Valley yet.

"The street looked like a war zone," said Lorenzo who lives near Jones and Windmill. 

Metro was expected to ramp up enforcement during the holiday to crack down on illegal fireworks, but people said they saw more illegal fireworks being set off than before. 

13 Action News asked police just how many citations were given out yesterday, but police didn't have the number of citations by Wednesday night. 

Lorenzo said he was also on wait for four hours with 311 in order to report illegal fireworks. Metro had originally asked people to contact 311 if they saw illegal fireworks in their neighborhood. 

"I was expecting more patrolling and able to able to get through to 311 more easily," Lorenzo said. 

Lorenzo said he finally got through to an operator around 12 a.m. and was told an officer would patrol his area. He said the officer never came and fireworks continued to go off around his home.
Police said during "high volume" call days like the Fourth of July, 911 calls hold priority over 311 calls.
As a reminder, all fireworks including safe and sane are illegal after the Fourth of July in Clark County.

ORIGINAL: Despite the fact that fireworks that shoot into the sky are illegal, it didn't stop people all over the Las Vegas valley from shooting them off on the Fourth of July.

"I've been here 21 years, and I haven't seen this many firework activity in the air," says Tim Szymanski, with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.  

13 Action News spoke to a man who had no idea that the fireworks he was watching were illegal. We also heard from people using illegal fireworks that they were not worried about the consequences.

Las Vegas police told us before the holiday that they planned to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks this year but there were still plenty to be seen in the sky over the valley on Tuesday night.

So far, we have not heard how many people were cited for the usage of illegal fireworks last night. If anyone was cited, they could face fines of up to $1,000.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to 127 fires for the Fourth of July shift, which is 19 more fires than last year.  It's still not clear how many of those fires were firework related.