Fireworks sales fizzle due to restrictions

Fireworks sales fizzle due to restrictions (Image 1)

The state of Tennessee is under a fire advisory due to the recent hot and dry conditions statewide and on Friday, the state issued a burn ban for several Mid-State counties.

However in Sumner County, the burn ban also includes the use of fireworks.

Unfortunately for fireworks sellers like Wallace Billington of TNT Fireworks, the issued ban is hurting his business.

“I can understand, it's nobody's fault, but I'd rather see them [county officials] take their chance,” Billington told Nashville's News 2.

According to Sumner County's Web site, the ban was set in place as a safety precaution because of the extreme temperatures and near draught conditions.

Despite the ban, Billington said some customers will still set off fireworks.

“People look forward to it every year; this [4th of July] and New Year's Eve to get out and do their thing but with the ban it's going to have to be illegal if they do it unless they change the rules.”

However, according to the county, the ban will remain in place until there is “substantial rainfall and lower temperatures.”

Sumner County law enforcement agencies will be enforcing the ban and anyone who violates the ban will be cited.


The following communities have also issued burn bans:

Carroll County
Cheatham County
Clay County
City of Erin
Crockett County
Fentress County
Gibson County
Giles County
Henderson County
Humphreys County
La Vergne
Marshall County
Maury County
Montgomery County
Overton County
Robertson County
Rutherford County
Seiver County
Spring Hill
Sumner County
Stewart County
Trousdale County
Warren County
White Bluff
Williamson County
Wilson County

The following communities have issued burn bans to include fireworks:

Dickson (within city limits)
Burns (within city limits)
Charlotte (within city limits)
Clarksville (within city limits)
La Vergne
Sumner County

Note: Fireworks are illegal in Metro Nashville and Davidson County.

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