Fireworks verboten in Douglas
Fireworks in Kings Beach
Lights on the Lake in Stateline
RSVP Carnival in Carson City
Miner’s Park in Virginia City
Commons Beach at Tahoe City
Incline Beach in Incline Village
Bridgeport Airport in Bridgeport
Gardnerville, Nev. — At-home fireworks have been banned in Douglas County for almost a quarter of a century.
In July 1981, yellow warning signs were posted around the county warning residents they could be cited, fined or even jailed if they were in possession of fireworks.
It has been a while since the yellow signs have gone up, but that doesn’t make fireworks possession any less of a crime.
Under Douglas County code, possession, sale or discharge of any sort of fireworks without a permit is against the law.
The county code defines fireworks broadly as any pyrotechnic devices or fireworks of any kind.
Concerns about wildfires prompted the establishment of the ordinance.
In a front page Record-Courier article in 1981, then East Fork Fire Chief Bob Dinsmore explained the reason for the regulation.
“I’m concerned about two things, life and property protection. If you get a fire going, you are asking for a lot of problems,” he said. “With the area so dry, it would burn out of control.”
What was true then, is still true today.
Despite a wet May and June, a fourth year of drought has dried vegetation in Douglas County.
Last year illegal fireworks set a 250-acre wildfire above Topaz Ranch Estates on July 4. A half-dozen firefighters were injured fighting the Minnehaha Canyon.
Licensed fireworks operators may get a permit to do a private fireworks show, which is the same process used to authorize Lights on the Lake at Tahoe.
Douglas County is not alone in banning personal fireworks. Carson City, Washoe County and Lake Tahoe jurisdictions also prohibit possession or use of fireworks.
There are several organized fireworks shows, including Lights on the Lake at Tahoe, and Carson City’s RSVP fireworks show at Mills Park.