New Year's Eve celebrations are in the midst and several will celebrate with fireworks displays. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department is reminding citizens that the City of Murfreesboro has an ordinance concerning use of fireworks.
Fireworks are permitted in the city limits December 26 - January 2 between the hours of 10:00 am - 10:00 pm except that on January 1, they may be used until 1:00 am.
Murfreesboro's City Council recently approved Ordinance 15-O-49 amending Murfreesboro City Code, Chapter 12--Fire Prevention, Section 12-30 regarding Prohibited Sales, Use and Possession of Fireworks.
Sections C-F now state the following:
(C) Except as part of a public display of fireworks approved under Code §12-28, it shall be unlawful for any person within the City to sell, use or possess any mortar firework with a single tube, or any mortar firework with multiple tubes (commonly referred to as a "cake"), if any tube with an inside diameter of one and half inches (1½") or more has been preloaded with a shell or shells. Measurement of any tube shall be from the inside edge of the tube to the inside edge of the opposite side of the tube.
(D) Except as part of a public display of fireworks approved under Code §12-28, it shall be unlawful for any person within the City of Murfreesboro to sell, use or possess any reloadable firework.
(E) If the firework reasonably appears to be a mortar firework in violation of subsection (C) or a reloadable firework in violation of subsection (D), and the seller is unable or unwilling to demonstrate (by removing packaging or otherwise) that the item is lawful for sale, it shall be presumed to be unlawful.
(F) It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to use, possess, sell or offer for sale any bottle rocket.
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The Fire Marshal's Office would also like to mention 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.
"If you intend to celebrate the incoming New Year with fireworks, please follow these important safety tips from the State Fire Marshal's Office," said MFRD Fire Marshal Carl Peas.
- Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks - this includes sparklers, which reach temperatures of 1200 degrees.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
- Wear eye protection.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.
- Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.
- Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
- Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
- Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
- Have a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place. Practice the plan with all members of your household both at night and during the day.
"It is our sincere hope that everyone enjoys their holiday and has a safe and blessed New Year," said Peas.
Need more questions answered?
Contact MFRD's Fire Marshal's Office at 615-849-2605.