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Mesquite Police Cautions Public on Fireworks
Posting Date: 06/28/2012

Jeff Smith, Mesquite Police Dept

The Mesquite Police Department responds to several firework accidents and complaints every year and is asking citizens to exercise caution and obey the law during the upcoming Independence Day weekend.

The City of Mesquite has adopted The International Fire Code which identifies illegal fireworks. The general rule that if the fireworks leave the ground or explode, they are probably illegal.

Legal fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air.

Each year, there are many cases of permanent scarring, loss of vision and even dismemberment. The unfortunate truth is not only the person

discharging the fireworks, but innocent bystanders or property can also be affected.

Use only “safe and sane” fireworks and only in the way they were designed. Have a pre-connected garden hose handy in case a fire breaks out. Use fireworks on flat, hard surfaces such as parking lots, cul-de-sacs, etc. away from buildings, vehicles, dry brush.

Police officials urge adult supervision when using fireworks and a good rule to remember is to leave the fireworks to the professionals; don’t try it at home. If you have any questions Mesquite residents can contact Mesquite Fire and Rescue at 702-346-2690, Bunkerville call 702-346-5255, and Scenic/Beaver Dam call 928-347-4202.


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