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Reno, Nev. June 23, 2020. As the Nation celebrates its 245th Birthday, Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue reminds residents that the use of any fireworks in Washoe County are illegal, and unsafe.
The penalty for possession or use of fireworks can be a fine up to $1,000.00 and up to 6 months in jail for each misdemeanor conviction, which includes parents of juveniles. Additionally, the person(s) can also be held responsible for the cost of suppressing the fire.
Capable of reaching temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, fireworks are hot enough to cause third degree burns and severe injury, and damage sight and hearing. Children are especially vulnerable to the dangers. And loud noises caused by pyrotechnics can also scare pets.
Fireworks are capable of igniting wildland fires in dry brush and trees. “This summer, our region is very hot and the brush and grass is very dry,” Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore said. “The use of fireworks increases the chances of a wildland fire in the area, putting residents and their homes as well as firefighters at risk. Enjoy your time with friends and family and find alternative activities, like professional fireworks displays, that do not spark fires,” said Chief Moore.
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 within the Washoe County and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.