Reno Fire Department and Reno Police Warn of Illegal Fireworks

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Reno, NV— The 4th of July celebrations are sure to be coming and the Reno Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the citizens of Reno that all fireworks are considered illegal within the city limits. Reno Municipal Code 16.02.030 covers the possession and use of fireworks and pyrotechnics within the City. If cited, a penalty of up to $637.00 can be imposed. This law does not prohibit the commercial display of fireworks, with a permit, such as displays for New Year’s Eve celebrations or those often seen at the Reno Aces ballpark.

The Consolidated Bomb Squad, comprised of members from the Reno Police Department, the Sparks Police Department, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, are responsible for the collection and eventual destruction of fireworks and pyrotechnics that are seized or collected in this area. Methods of destruction vary, but generally consist of a controlled burn of the items within an approved container, or if the pyrotechnic is large, the use of explosives. The Consolidated Bomb Squad would like to remind citizens that homemade and/or altered fireworks can be extremely dangerous and should never be used.

Police Officers can take smaller fireworks from any citizen that would like to have the items destroyed. If there are a large amount of items, or the items themselves are of the commercial variety (the type used by licensed pyrotechnicians), homemade, or altered in any way, please stay away and notify the Police Department. Appropriate measures will be taken to make sure the items are removed safely. Requests for removal can be made through the non emergency number for the Reno Police Department, which is 775-334-2121 or 775-334-2677.

Reno, NV-The Reno Fire Department wants residents to remember that even though it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations outside of Washoe County, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks and or pyrotechnics within the City of Reno.

"Not only are fireworks illegal to possess and use, they are extremely dangerous and pose a serious fire danger and threat to life safety," advises Interim Reno Fire Marshal Dave Cochran.

All fireworks are prohibited including, but not limited to non-detonating military devices such as large flares, certain propellants, specialty fireworks and larger devices used in public displays, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, sparklers, bottle rockets and similar materials that contain any explosive or combustible compound.

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. The laws also provide for seizure and forfeiture of all such materials from individuals by law enforcement. The cost of violating the laws about fireworks and pyrotechnics can potentially be much higher than fines themselves if they result in fires that cause property damage, or the catastrophe of injury or death. If a tragedy does result, the individuals using them may also face civil or criminal liability.

The Reno Fire Department does have a fireworks amnesty program which allows those with fireworks in their possession or who find fireworks to turn them in to their local Reno Fire station or police officer with no questions asked.

For more information about fireworks prohibitions or about fire safety contact the Reno Fire Department's Division of Fire Prevention at 334-2300.