LVMPD: Don't Fire Guns In The Air To Celebrate The 4th

Don't Call 9-1-1 For Illegal Fireworks, Report Online Instead

July 04, 2020 - 6:50 pm

Increased complaints of illegal gunfire throughout Clark County have prompted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to issue a stern warning to residents that Independence Day celebrations can quickly turn deadly when residents aim their guns in the air and shoot.

Discharging a firearm and endangering the public is not only a crime but punishable by up to one year in jail. It often leads to damaged roofs, cars, and other property. The worst-case scenario is when gunfire leads to accidental deaths.

“It’s the old rule, what goes up must come down, and bullets have a trajectory that can cause a lot of damage and even inadvertently kill someone,” said Deputy Chief James Seebock, head of LVMPD Patrol Operations.

9-1-1 reports of illegal shootings increased by 20 percent and gunshots detected by ShotSpotter have spiked by four times the amount this month, compared to last month. If illegal gunfire calls continue to rise during the Fourth of July weekend, it could overwhelm emergency service personnel dealing with other incidents related to the holiday weekend such as drinking, domestic disturbances, and crime.

Illegal fireworks are also a concern for overwhelming police resources. Any fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in Las Vegas and officials ask that instead of calling 9-1-1, report illegal fireworks to