Small Reno Fire Prompts Fireworks Warning

A small brush fire over the weekend burned less than one acre, but it was started by fireworks. And with the Fourth of July just over a month away, fire officials are reminding people that possession of any kind of fireworks is illegal in Reno and unincorporated Washoe County.

Four middle school-aged juveniles are accused of starting the fire (near Hemlock Way and Cashill Boulevard).

Some 25 fire personnel and nine trucks responded to the blaze because of the potential hazard to nearby homes.

Officials say several fires this year have been caused by fireworks. Possession of the devices can result in fines of up to 1,000 dollars and up to six months in jail. People who are found responsible for causing fireworks blazes can be liable for civil damages as well.

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