Intense heat isn't keeping Las Vegas residents indoors

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Intense heat isn't keeping Las Vegas residents indoors

CREATED Jun. 28, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Despite searing temperatures on Friday, a lot of locals braved the heat by choice.

The RTC shelter at Sahara and Decatur couldn't shield riders from sweltering heat. A 15-minute wait stretched into more than half an hour.

Prentis Ginn said, "Unfortunately, I believe one of the buses has broken down on the way here, "

Curtis Crosby had another complaint, "And there's no water. No water fountains anywhere. So, we're just trying t o make it."

But from a fireworks stand in East Las Vegas to nearly deserted Desert Breeze Park in the west, lots of locals refuse to bow down to the dog days of summer.

Marcus Dawson was among a group of teenagers at Desert Breeze Park. His explanation for being in the heat was simple, "I'm just playing basketball. Trying to stay in shape."

At the fireworks stand in East Las Vegas, Martin Ruiz shrugged off the temperatures, "117? What's that? We're in Nevada, right?"

On the first day of "safe and sane" fireworks sales that benefit local charities, members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association were keeping their fingers crossed at the corner of East Charleston and Lamb.

Ruth "Curfie" Curfman admitted she was concerned about fireworks sales this weekend. "Absolutely," she said, "But we live in Vegas. We kind of have to expect it."

They're helping buyers with more than just fireworks by keeping coolers filled with oranges, water and lemonade to keep workers and buyers hydrated.

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