Fireworks go on sale in the Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS - Legal fireworks officially went on sale around the Las Vegas valley Wednesday.

Fire inspectors are making the rounds to make sure the fireworks you take home are approved by the county. The fireworks must be "safe and sane" which means they've been tested and approved by local fire departments.

Those are the only fireworks that are allowed to be used between now and the Fourth of July.

Occasionally, some illegal explosives make it into the valley. For the next few days, dozens of fire inspectors will check the nearly 150 booths across the valley to make sure what they are selling is legal.

Illegal fireworks include ones that fly through the air, explode or spin on the ground. Inspectors will also be testing the booth structures and checking on staff to make sure they're comfortable selling fireworks in this heat.

Amanda Wildermuth says the county has caught some unapproved items in her 10 years of doing this job. She says she's never encountered anything illegal during her inspections.

"Nobody has really gone to that extreme to where we've had to shut them down. So that's a good thing. I think it's a great thing so they just have to fix their discrepancies, violations," she said.

Even safe and sane fireworks can be dangerous if they are mishandled.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says, each year, fireworks kill an average of seven people and send as many as 11,000 to emergency rooms.

It's advised to keep fireworks out of the hands of kids.

Once you're done using them, they should be soaked in a bucket of water overnight so they are not a fire hazard.
 


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