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File #: 21-1600   
Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/25/2021 In control: Clark County Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 11/2/2021 Final action:
Title: Discuss the implementation of Senate Bill 4 from the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to enact certain ordinances related to fireworks; and direct staff accordingly. (For possible action)
Attachments: 1. Staff Report
Date Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo/Audio
11/2/2021 Clark County Board of Commissioners  

Agenda note: DISCUSSION: Following introduction of the item, the Board was addressed by John Steinbeck, Fire Chief in the Clark County Fire Department, who advised that the law allowed for penalties with a $250 minimum up to $1,000 for a violation involving less than 100 pounds of fireworks; a $1,000 minimum up to $5,000 for violations involving a 100 pounds up to 5,000 pounds in gross weight, including packaging; and $5,000 minimum up to $10,000 for a violation involving more than 5,000 pounds in gross weight, including packaging; the total number of fire responses on July 4, 2021 was 480 for Clark County, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas; the ISpyFireworks data displayed the number of complaints by County Commission district from July 1, 2021 through July 5, 2021, with Commissioner Segerblom’s district having the least number of complaints and Commissioner Jones’ district having the highest number of complaints; used confiscation and fines to discourage firework usage; fireworks were considered hazardous materials, and low level explosives, being transported and used throughout the Valley; and recommended progressing to the higher level of penalties while continuing to utilize education and enforcement. Discussion followed regarding areas of concern including penalties enforced in an equitable manner; incident action reports; enforcement; penalties in the cities; education; the cost of the penalties; and the legislation allows the severity of the violation to be considered when determining penalties. Staff was directed to move forward with the implementation of fines as follows: $500 for the first offense of 100 pounds or less, and up to $1,000 for repeat offenses; $1,000 up to $5,000 for violations more than 100 pounds up to and including 5,000 pounds; and fines up to $10,000 for violations exceeding 5,000 pounds.
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CLARK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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Yolanda T. King, County Manager

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Discuss the implementation of Senate Bill 4 from the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to enact certain ordinances related to fireworks; and direct staff accordingly.  (For possible action)

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BACKGROUND: 

At the August 17, 2021, Clark County Board of County Commissioners (County Commission) meeting, the County Commission discussed the implementation of Senate Bill (S.B.) 4 from the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session.  The County Commission directed staff to work with the Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department for guidance regarding the enforcement of illegal fireworks laws.  Additionally, staff was directed to prepare an updated activity report on related fireworks damages across Clark County, including the incorporated cities.

Staff is prepared to provide an update to the County Commission and to discuss possible next steps to implement the bill.