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Fireworks are not only illegal in Washoe County and everywhere else in the region, they are extremely dangerous for a variety of reasons. You not only might injure yourself or others, hot and dry weather makes it all too likely to start a wildfire even if you think you are being responsible. Attend one of the area's professional fireworks shows instead and enjoy a really spectacular display that doesn't involve starting a forest fire.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and North Lake Tahoe Fire District to emphasize putting safety first when enjoying your Independence Day celebration.

While it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations outside of Washoe County and on tribal lands, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks and/or pyrotechnics within the Truckee Meadows and North Lake Tahoe Fire Districts, which includes the unincorporated areas of Washoe County.

Illegal possession or use of fireworks can result in fines up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail for each offense. In addition, the cost of suppression, and any other injury or liability caused by fireworks, are the direct responsibility of those persons using fireworks. To report illegal fireworks activity, contact the Sheriff's non-emergency dispatch at (775) 785-WCSO (9276).

Here are some tips for a safe and sane 4th of July, and to help prevent wildfires during the hot and dry months...

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by professionals.
  • Extinguish cigarettes in proper designated receptacles.
  • Give children glow sticks to replace sparklers. Glow sticks are a great alternative that they can use for days.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
  • Never leave young children alone with an open flame.
  • Teach children that fireworks are not toys. Explain the dangers and ask your children to tell an adult if they find fireworks or another child playing with them.
  • Turn fireworks in to any Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District or North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District fire station at any time without penalty.

Source: Press release from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

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