Douglas County authorities reported 26 arrests on July Fourth, and a few altercations in downtown Stateline and at Nevada and Zephyr Cove beaches.
“The celebratory crowds in the Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove areas of Lake Tahoe were large,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks. “With the exception of a few altercations in the downtown casino core area, Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove Beach, the crowd was relatively well behaved. Motorists were cooperative with the road closures and traffic control required for the fireworks display.”
Eight of the arrests were at a checkpoint set up by the Nevada Highway Patrol on Highway 50 on Friday.
Charges included battery, trespassing, larceny, DUI, disorderly conduct and minor consuming alcohol.
“The various law enforcement and support agencies involved in this year’s event worked extremely well together,” Brooks said.
Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini thanked all agencies who participated, including the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Reserve, Douglas County Communications Center, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. There were several reports of people setting off their own fireworks across the county. A fire at the top of Minnehaha Canyon was set by fireworks, which are illegal to possess or use in Douglas County.