County looks at future fireworks on beach |

County looks at future fireworks on beach

Michael Schneider

Anticipating more of the same violence that marred the holiday at Nevada Beach this weekend, Douglas County sheriff’s officials met Monday to discuss ways to quell belligerent partiers.

Thousands of high school-aged kids smuggled alcohol and drugs onto the beach Saturday night, causing problems for Douglas County Sheriff’s officers, according to Sgt. Lance Modispacher.

Several fights broke out at the beach, with participants throwing beer bottles into a crowd of partiers and police. Two Douglas deputies suffered minor injuries in the fracas. One officer twisted his knee and another was hit in the face with a beer bottle.

The deputy who was struck with the bottle has filed a medical claim and is still experiencing headaches, Modispacher said. The bottle did not cut him.

Modispacher said he didn’t think that bottle, or any of the others lobbed Saturday night, were intentionally thrown at law enforcement officials.

Next year, the Fourth of July will fall on a weekend again, prompting early planning from Douglas County’s finest.

“Next year it’s on a Sunday, so we assume Monday will be a holiday,” Modispacher said. “We expect to have the same thing again.”

He said Monday’s meeting focused on ways to make the beach safer for families and campers who come out to watch the fireworks without threat of violence, but admitted there’s not much the sheriff’s office can do with so many intoxicated youths.

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