With Nevada being one of the only communities around that is allowing fireworks to be used legally inside its city limits, Nevada council representatives had questions for the fire chief Monday during their regular meeting.
Their biggest question was about how many complaints had the city’s officers received.
Nevada Fire Chief Ray Reynolds said that since the “fireworks season” started on June 1, Nevada has had 15 total fireworks complaints. Two were for reckless use of fireworks, two were for illegal use of fireworks and the other 11, he said, all ended up being legal uses, per the city’s rules, once checked into.
Reynolds said, as of Monday, there had been no medical calls related to fireworks inside the city limits.
In statewide fireworks news, Reynolds said, he knew of three fires being started due to fireworks use, and he knew that one person, a 15-year-old who was using fireworks without adult supervision, lost his hand from injuries sustained in using fireworks. Reynolds said he was also aware of two fireworks vendors in the state who had now lost their ability to sell because they were discharging fireworks right outside their temporary business tents — giving demonstrations possibly.
In town, Reynolds said, “We are seeing a lot of [fireworks] use on people’s own property,” and, he added, “our officers do go out to try to be sure people are on their property when shooting.”
Councilman Jim Walker asked if there had been many calls from people because of fireworks being used after the 10 p.m. ending time. Reynolds said he knows there have been people shooting them past 10, because he has heard a few, but so far they have not had calls about those, which can sometimes be hard to pin down on location.
Walker asked if officers are keeping track of those incidents where they hear fireworks after 10. Reynolds said they had not been logging anything like that. He said it would be more effective for the city if residents know that if there are fireworks going off in their neighborhood after 10 p.m. to call those in and the police can try to get the people responsible to stop.
Councilman Brett Barker said he’d like to have the fire chief, after the fireworks season ends, collect some statistics from other communities, especially those with more restrictions than Nevada, so the council can compare all of that information.