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Illegal fireworks suspected in house fire

Posted at 12:03 AM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 03:03:11-04
Las Vegas firefighters believe illegal fireworks sparked a blaze that damaged two homes during 4th of July celebrations.
One neighbor we spoke with said they saw the fireworks hit the palm tree in he backyard of a house near Eastern Avenue and St. Louis Avenue.
The fire eventually spread to the back of two homes.
Even as firefighters were battling the flames, fireworks were bursting over their heads.
"As you can hear there is a lot of firework activity. All of this that you hear is illegal as well as what you see going on behind me," Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
Las Vegas fire Crews believe they will easily surpass the 90 fireworks related calls they handled on July 4th, 2016 as people just aren't getting the message.
"I've been here 21 year and I haven't seen this much firework activity in the air," Szymanski said.
Szymanski saying the firefighters are often frustrated by people's lack of respect.
"People were coming right up to the fire engine and setting off fireworks in the street that they knew was illegal.  It was kind of arrogant," Szymanski said.
The Red Cross was on scene to help the people displaced by the fire.