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Sheriff’s office advises community to never discharge firearms or fireworks to celebrate New Year’s


WHEN: New Year’s Eve

WHERE: Washoe County

CONTACT: PIO Deputy Armando Avina

911 Parr Blvd Reno, NV 89512

Office 328-6370, Cell 771-8252, After Hours Pager 861-7208


As New Year’s Eve approaches, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office asks the community to celebrate responsibly so that a festivity does not turn into a tragedy due to a thoughtless or irresponsible act.

Discharging a firearm into the air is illegal, as well as being dangerous and potentially deadly. A person discharging a firearm in a congested area, across county road/highways, or near an occupied dwelling can be issued a citation or booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility. Setting off fireworks is also illegal in Washoe County. A person in possession of fireworks can be issued a citation or booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility.

These unlawful acts are misdemeanor offenses and could land a person in jail for six-months and/or up to a $1000 fine.

A projectile that goes up must come down. Although the intention might be to celebrate, somebody’s celebration could end up being deadly and/or causing serious bodily harm to another person. Also, a projectile could cause damage to another person’s property. Fireworks could lead to possible brush/structure fire as well as personal injury. Illegal acts which destroy personal property, harm or kill others may possibly lead to more serious charges and/or civil penalties.

These acts can be reported to the Sheriff’s Office by calling 832-WCSO (9276) or call 911 in case of an immediate emergency. Happy New Years

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