Personal Fourth fireworks forbidden in Douglas County |

Personal Fourth fireworks forbidden in Douglas County

Staff Reports
Visitors to Lake Tahoe beaches for the Fourth of July should expect crowded conditions.
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune file |

Officials are warning residents and visitors to leave the fireworks to the professionals this Fourth of July.

“The 4th of July is quickly approaching and Sheriff Ron Pierini and members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wish to take a moment to remind and educate our residents and guests that the possession and or discharge of fireworks in Douglas County is unlawful and will not be tolerated,” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Bernadette Smith said on Monday. “Please, do not risk life or property by the personal use or display of fireworks. There are many community firework displays planned in our area in which you can take part without risk of criminal or civil penalties.”

Anyone found in violation of the fireworks ordinance faces criminal penalties, including a fine of up to $1,000 and confinement in the county jail for a period of up to six months, Smith said.

Douglas County code also prohibits alcoholic beverages on Nevada Beach on the 4th of July.

“This ordinance came about to reduce the many acts of drunkenness and violence associated with alcohol consumption that were experienced on the beach in previous years,” Smith said. “Any violation of this ordinance is an infraction, punishable by a fine up to $1,000.”

Signs will be posted at the entrance to the beach, where officers will be checking coolers, backpacks, bags, purses or other container that reasonably could carry a vessel containing an alcoholic beverage, which is subject to inspection and or seizure anywhere inside Nevada Beach Park.

Elks Point Road will be closed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 no later than 4:30 p.m. At that time, no vehicles will be allowed to enter lower Elks Point Road unless proof of residency or proof of campsite occupancy is established. Elks Point Road will remain closed until the completion of the fireworks display.

“Heavy congestion in the areas of Nevada Beach, Round Hill, Zephyr Cove, lower Kingsbury Grade and the Stateline casino core are expected,” Smith said. “Lower Lake Parkway may be closed to ingress traffic after the fireworks display should the volume of traffic dictate the need for such a closure. Motorists are cautioned to anticipate delays while traveling in these areas.”

The U.S. Forest Service will be enforcing a “No Alcohol” policy in the Zephyr Cove Beach Resort and Campground on the 4th of July, between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.

Designated areas for the possession and or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be established at specific locations at or near the resort, Smith said. Anyone found in possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages outside of these established areas on federal lands shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $5,000.

“Law enforcement has adopted a zero tolerance enforcement approach for those individuals who choose to disrupt the festivities by drunkenness, quarreling, fighting or the possession or discharge of fireworks,” Smith said. “A heavy law enforcement presence will be monitoring the celebrations throughout the Stateline Casino area, on Nevada Beach, and around the Zephyr Cove Resort areas.”