Elizabethton Police remind citizens that fireworks are now illegal

John Thompson • Dec 31, 2019 at 10:11 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw sent out a message Tuesday to remind citizens of a change in the city’s laws that makes fireworks illegal.

In the message, Shaw wrote “We want to wish our residents and visitors a Happy New Year and also remind everyone the discharge of fireworks is illegal in the city of Elizabethton and could cost you $100. If you must use fireworks, use them in an area outside of the city limits where it is permissible, and, of course, be safe.”

The Elizabethton City Code regarding fireworks is as follows:

7-401: Fireworks. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to possess, manufacture, store, distribute, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks, including all consumer fireworks that are defined as Division 1.4G material.

The fire marshal shall permit the use of fireworks for public or private displays when all of the provisions of NFPA 1123, Code for Fireworks Display, 2014 edition, published by the National Fire Protection Association, and all provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, § 68-104-211, are met and after all necessary permits have been issued.

Every such use or display shall be handled by a competent operator approved by the fire marshal and shall be of such character and so located, discharged, or fired so as not to be hazardous to property or endanger any person. (2000 Code, § 7-401, as replaced by Ord. #53-20, Sept. 2017 Ch1_12-13-18)

7-402. Penalties. Any violation of this chapter is a violation of city ordinance punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50) and an assessment of court costs of fifty dollars ($50). (2000 Code, § 7-402, as replaced by Ord. #53-20, Sept. 2017 Ch1_12-13-18).

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