Firework fast facts: Guide to having a safe, legal 4th of July

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Fourth of July means freedom and independence. While fireworks are also a big part of Independence Day, it’s illegal for many of us to use them at home.

In Nashville, fireworks are banned across the county.

But just across the Wilson County line, four fireworks stands and shops sit within a few hundred yards of each other.

Bobby Baskin is stand manager at the Fireworks Supermarket at Shiloh Plaza on Lebanon Road.

“It’s kind of like real estate: location, location, location,” said Baskin.

One fireworks saleswoman in Mt. Juliet told News 2 that almost all of her business comes from Nashville.

But just because you can buy fireworks in Wilson County, it doesn’t mean you can shoot them at home.

As noted before, they’re banned in Davidson County year-round.

They are legal in Williamson County but banned in Brentwood and Franklin.

They can be shot and sold in Rutherford County but are banned in Murfreesboro.

They’re legal in Sumner County but not in Hendersonville or Gallatin.

They are not legal to shoot in Clarksville, other than July 1-5 between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. The county, however, does not have a fireworks ordinance.

For Wilson County residents, though, fireworks can be bought, sold and shot on personal property.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offered the following safety tips for using fireworks:

  • Always read and follow all warnings and label instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or light fireworks.
  • The adult lighting the fireworks should always wear eye protection. No one should ever have any part of their body over the fireworks.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket) in case of fire.
  • Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, and keep away from dry leaves and other flammable materials.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Never relight a dud firework. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and then putting them in the trash can.

More information can be found on Vanderbilt’s website.

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