Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department and Murfreesboro Police Department are working together to make this Fourth of July safe for all in the community.
MPD will have residential patrols as well as increased traffic enforcement over the holiday weekend. Officers will be strictly enforcing speeding, seat belt, DUI, and other traffic related laws as well as the City fireworks regulations.
Both MPD and MFRD will be present at the city-sponsored “Celebration Under the Stars” event on July 4 at McKnight Park. MPD will provide traffic and event control. MFRD will have the Special Events Team tent set up for the day’s festivities and will be able to provide first responder assistance if necessary. The Honor Guard will present colors at the opening ceremony and crews will be posted at the site where the fireworks will be launched. Fire engines as well as a brush truck will be on standby during the fireworks show.
Fire Marshal Ken Honeycutt would like to remind the citizens of Murfreesboro that fireworks may only be used within the city limits between June 28 and July 5 between the hours of 10:00 am and 10:00 pm only; except that on the Fourth of July, fireworks may be used until 11:00 pm. Honeycutt also mentions that “It is unlawful for any person to use any item of fireworks on private property without the consent of the property owner or for any person to use any item of fireworks on public property including public streets.”
“It is unlawful for anyone in the City of Murfreesboro to sell, use, or possess any mortar firework with a single tube, if that tube has been preloaded with a shell and the tube or shell has a diameter of one and a half inches,” added Honeycutt. “Anyone in the city limits is also prohibited from selling, using, or possessing reloadable fireworks and bottle rockets.”
“MPD and MFRD have the same goal,” said Honeycutt, “ensuring that our community can have a safe and enjoyable holiday.”
Safety Tips Online:
Fireworks Safety tips are available on Fire & Rescue’s section of the City of Murfreesboro’s website. Please visit http://tn-murfreesboro.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/210 for more information.
Ashley McDonald, Public Information Officer - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department