Media Release


Thursday, July 05, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


No Significant Fires In Las Vegas on Fourth of July
No Buildings Were Damaged By Fireworks During The Holiday


For the first time in 16 years, no buildings were damaged by fire due to fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday in the city of Las Vegas. There were 21 reported fire related incidents, most being dumpster fires. There was also one reported injury due to fireworks.

There were 296 responses made by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue during the holiday, 21 of those were fire related, 26 other type calls and 249 emergency medical responses. There were seven reported building fires, which included a fire in an oven, a malfunction in an air conditioner, a water related problem in an apartment and two that were false alarms.

The majority of fires were in dumpsters. It is usually caused by people discarding spent fireworks that are still hot and they ignite the combustible items in the dumpsters. There were three tree fires and a number of brush/grass fires.  None of the fires caused any significant damage.

One adult person was injured by a firework when it hit them in the chest. It caused a minor burn to their chest. They were taken to the hospital in a LVFR rescue unit.

Every year for the past 16 years there had been at least one incident where a building was damaged by fire due to fireworks. Last  year there was only one significant building fire during the holiday, a multi-vehicle garage in an apartment complex off North Rainbow Boulevard at 11:15 p.m. 

There were no fireworks related incidents in the city of Las Vegas in the days leading up to the holiday. At 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, all fireworks including Safe-N-Sane are illegal in Clark County.



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