Douglas County announces rules for Fourth |

Douglas County announces rules for Fourth

With the Fourth of July approaching, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reminds people that the possession and or discharge of fireworks in Douglas County is unlawful.

People found in violation of the fireworks ordinance face criminal penalties, including a fine of up to $1,000 and/or confinement in the county jail for up to six months.

There are many community firework displays planned to take part in, without risk of criminal or civil penalties.

Additionally, the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on Nevada Beach on the Fourth of July is unlawful. Any violation of this ordinance is an infraction punishable by a fine up to $1,000.

The entrance to the beach, as well as the beach itself, will have a heavy presence of law enforcement. Any cooler, backpack, bag, purse or other container that reasonably could carry a vessel containing an alcoholic beverage is subject to inspection and or seizure anywhere inside Nevada Beach Park. Elks Point Road will be closed at the intersection of Highway 50 no later than 4:30 p.m. At that time, no vehicles will be allowed to enter lower Elks Point Road unless proof of residency or proof of campsite occupancy is established. Elks Point Road will remain closed until the completion of the fireworks display.

Heavy congestion in the areas of Nevada Beach, Round Hill, Zephyr Cove, lower Kingsbury Grade and the Stateline Casino core are expected. Lower Lake Parkway may be closed to ingress traffic after the fireworks display should the volume of traffic dictate the need for such a closure. Motorists are cautioned to anticipate delays while traveling in these areas. The U.S. Forest Service will be enforcing a no alcohol policy in the Zephyr Cove Beach Resort and Campground on the Fourth of July from 10 a.m. to midnight. Designated areas for the possession and or consumption of alcoholic beverages will be established at specific locations at or near the resort. Anyone found in possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages outside of the established areas on federal lands is subject to a fine not to exceed $5,000.

Law enforcement has adopted a zero-tolerance enforcement approach for those who choose to disrupt the festivities by drunkenness, quarreling, fighting or the possession or discharge of fireworks. A heavy law enforcement presence will be monitoring the celebrations throughout the Stateline casino area, on Nevada Beach and around the Zephyr Cove Resort areas.

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