|In response to the announcement Monday of a ban on open burning in the city limits of Murfreesboro, Fire Marshal Ken Honeycutt received several questions regarding fireworks and the upcoming Fourth of July Celebration.
“Although it is legal to shoot fireworks in the city of Murfreesboro from Thursday, June 28, through Thursday, July 5, with the current weather conditions we are in agreement with the National Fire Protection Association’s recommendation, which urging the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks, and instead, enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals,” Honeycutt said.
Murfreesboro’s “Celebration Under the Stars” is slated for 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at McKnight Park located near SportsCom on Memorial Boulevard.
Families will enjoy games and activities, a presentation from the Fire Department Honor Guard, music and the annual fireworks display.
Should residents decide to shoot their own fireworks, the National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends:
• Always have water handy (hose or bucket).
• Only use fireworks as intended.
• Never relight a “dud” firework.
• Spectators should keep a safe distance from the fireworks shooter and the shooter should always wear safety glasses.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
As a reminder the city of Murfreesboro’s Fireworks Ordinance states that stipulates fireworks may only be used within the city between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., except that on the Fourth of July, fireworks may be used until 11 p.m.
The ordinance also prohibits the sale, use and possession of bottle rockets, 1.4-G explosives, mortars, reloadables and shells.