Can you shoot off your own fireworks in Las Vegas?
Ok. Here's the deal. Las Vegas looks like a war zone on July Fourth with countless fireworks being shot off from parks, streets, and backyards all over the valley. It's quite the spectacle, especially if you’re watching from an elevated vantage point or happen to be flying into McCarran at the time. Is this do-it-yourself approach legal? Well, kinda -- but barely.
Clark County (which includes Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and Laughlin) only approves the sale and use of certified “Safe and Sane” fireworks June 28-July 4. These are usually limited to sparklers and that kind of stuff. Booths selling these fireworks are easy to spot all over town, especially in grocery store, gas station, and shopping center parking lots. Their use is limited to private property.
More intense fireworks like Roman candles, cherry bombs, and bottle rockets are legally sold outside Clark County in Pahrump (Nye County) and on Native American reservations. Even though lots of people make the drive to buy these items only to return and set them off in Vegas, it’s against the law to do so. (It’s even against the law to set them off in Pahrump -- with the exception of a single fairground launch site.) It’s also against the law in Clark County to set off fireworks of any kind after midnight. Does that stop it from happening? Not really.
So be smart, use your best judgment, and if nothing else -- PLEASE make sure your pets are in a safe, contained space. The Animal Foundation always reports a spike in stray dogs and cats who run away after getting spooked by firework noise.