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Teens setting off illegal fireworks cause damage in Summerlin neighborhood

LAS VEGAS - People in many neighborhoods across the valley dealt with noise and the threat of danger of illegal fireworks all night on the 4th of July, but in one area, things got a little out of control, and a neighbor caught it all on camera.

Residents in that Summerlin neighborhood said teens were shooting illegal fireworks into the sky before a bush caught fire.

"This neighborhood is getting out of control," said Kevin Shamloo, the man who caught two people running around the neighborhood on the Fourth of July aiming illegal fireworks at each other.

That's when the bush caught fire.  It's charred remains left behind.

Neighbors like Shamloo are shaken up and upset.

"Now, you set a bush on fire, next day, you can set a house on fire," Shamloo said.  "Kids with no supervision from the adults, and they're going to be doing this, especially around the parks," Shamloo said.

"I understand the frustration, and we're as frustrated as well," said Capt. Todd Raybuck, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

According to Metro, on July 4th alone, the agency received 20,000 complaints of illegal fireworks use.  There were around 600 fires, but no serious injuries or major damage.

A total of 50 citations were given, and one arrest was made.

"We estimated approximately over 2,100 pounds of illegal fireworks; if you calculate that, that's over a million single shots," said Amanda Wildermuth, Clark County Fire Inspector.

Metro says their education campaign worked due to a high number of reports, but enforcement is a whole other issue.

"Clearly, everybody who made a complaint wanted to see success, we couldn't give it to them, we won't be able to give it to them," said Capt. Raybuck.  "As I mentioned, we don't have enough police officers and firefighters in the state to knock this out. This has to be a culture change in our community to make a difference."

People in Shamloo's Summerlin neighborhood agree.

"You got to work with your family and your kids and keep them in line," said Shamloo.

Metro says they're already thinking of ways to improve fireworks enforcement here in the valley.

They're hoping to start community engagement earlier and will look at how to overcome their staffing issues.


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