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Illegal fireworks task force working through Fourth of July holiday

Posted at 11:41 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 03:01:28-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Emergency crews in the Las Vegas valley remained busy well throughout the night on July 4, one of their busiest nights of the year.

It all started inside the Las Vegas police headquarters before the sun even went down.

Crews from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire Department teamed up once again for the illegal fireworks task force.

It's a multi-agency effort to confiscate as many illegal fireworks as possible.

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This year there is a change to the ordinance. People can now receive civil citations for illegal fireworks.

Citations start at a $250 dollar minimum but that didn't seem to stop folks.

Chopper 13 was in the sky over the Las Vegas valley capturing plenty of illegal fireworks going off, one after the other.

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Clark County officials were urging folks to report illegal firework use on ispyfireworks.com.

Last year they had over 20,000 reports made on the website, but so far they’ve only had about 3,700 this year.

“Our fingers are crossed that we are making some good efforts and things are slowing down in this valley, and we won’t have too much of an active night,” said Captain Jaime Prosser with LVMPD.