Here’s a look at the fireworks laws in your community.
Consumer fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Franklin. The sale of fireworks is also not permitted anywhere in the city. But because many vendors set up fireworks stands just outside the city limits, residents may not realize when they purchase fireworks in the county that they cannot be used in the city.
The city’s 1999 ordinance banning fireworks allows enforcement by the police, as well as the fire department. Violators may face fines, and may be held liable for damages.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, primarily due to fireworks. In 2008, NFPA reports that there was one death associated with consumer fireworks and 7,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms that year. The highest injury rates were for children ages 5 to 9, and teens ages 15 to 19. Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for 32% of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2008.
In 2010 fireworks caused at least two brush fires in Franklin during the month of July, including one at the Westhaven golf course on July 4th. In 2009, two teens playing with fireworks ignited a mulch fire that spread to an apartment building in the Wyndchase apartment complex. No one was injured, but the fire damaged the exterior of the building and destroyed the landscaping.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. For more fireworks facts and safety tips, please follow this link:
Fireworks can be discharged on July 4th from noon until 11:00pm only.
Personal firework displays are illegal inside the City of Brentwood without a permit – something that has been part of the municipal code for many years. The City asks that all residents be respectful of their neighbors and allow the only fireworks set off to be those in permitted displays. Concerns about violations can be reported to the Brentwood Police at the non-emergency line only, at 615-371-0160.
Fireworks can be discharged on July 3rd, 4th and 5th from noon until 11pm. Those discharging fireworks must be at least 16-years-old or accompanied by an adult and fireworks should not be discharged on public roadways, streets, sidewalks or any other public owned property, within 600 feet of a church, hospital, public school or park or within 200 feet of a gas station. Fairview’s fireworks ordinance also reminds residents not to throw fireworks from a motor vehicle, into a motor vehicle or at anyone.
There are no fireworks guidelines or ordinances; however, Nolensville does have a noise ordinance after 11pm.