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4th of July fireworks keep emergency crews busy

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 21:16:52-04
The Fourth of July is a day of celebration, and unfortunately, a lot of accidents as well. 
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials say it's the department's busiest day of the year.
Many problems start with people setting off illegal fireworks. It's against the law in Clark County to fire off anything that explodes, shoots in the air or twirls on the ground.
Legal fireworks have labels on them that say "Safe and Sane."
The case of Jason Pierre-Paul, an NFL athlete, was a high-profile fireworks mishap. He lost a finger and parts of his hand. Pierre-Paul has released a fireworks safety PSA.
Here in Las Vegas, Latrina Wilson is shopping with safety in mind.
"We bought the adventure backpack for the girls because they're safe fireworks we can use at home," she said.
Other shoppers say they make sure to have children far from the fuses and a bucket of water on hand just in case.
Tim Szymanski of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue also recommends soaking fireworks in water for an hour before throwing them away.
He says about 150 calls come in every Fourth of July for fires started by fireworks gone wrong.
Calling 911 is not the right way to complain about neighbors' fireworks. Call 311 to leave 911 lines open for life-threatening emergencies.