Do you have big plans for the 4th of July? If your family is like mine, there are plans of BBQs, boat rides and lots of fireworks. This time of year is full of excitement for the big weekend: the red white and blue decorations, flags, time off work and all the fun with family and friends make this holiday truly special. Fireworks have become a time-honored tradition this time of year and make any July 4th celebration special and complete, but they can also be dangerous when not handled properly.
Firework Laws in Rutherford County
Setting off fireworks cannot only be dangerous, but if you don’t pay attention to firework laws where you live, it can also be illegal. Counties and cities across the state have varying laws, so make sure to look up your local laws before planning your July 4th celebration.
In Rutherford County the law states that fireworks may be shot and sold within county lines. However, there are regulations in place about the times and days certain cities allow fireworks to be shot off. Here are the dates and times for the cities of Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne.
- In Murfreesboro:
July 3: 10:00am – 11:00pm
July 4: 10:00am – 11:00pm
July 5: 10:00am – 11:00pm
- In Smyrna:
July 3: 9:00am – 10:00pm
July 4: 9:00am – 11:00pm
July 5: 9:00am – 10:00pm
- In LaVergne:
June 21 through July 7, 9:00am – 10:00pm
July 4th – 9:00am – 1:00am
Just as predictable as fireworks shows on the 4th of July are, so are the injuries. Thousands of people each year end up in the emergency room with injuries related to fireworks — the majority of the injured are minors. Property damage is also a concern around fireworks shows and the 4th of July.
Here are a few tips to help keep your family & property safe:
- Read and follow all instructions on the packaging – READ WARNING LABELS
- Keep explosives away from children
- Don’t light wet or compromised explosives
- Do not drink alcohol and light fireworks
- Don’t place any part of your body over an explosive when lighting the fuse
- Back up to a safe distance quickly after lighting
- Always wear eye protection
- Be sure there are no people close by before lighting fireworks
- Never throw or point fireworks at people, property or animals
- Keep a water source close in case of issues.
On behalf of everyone at Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers we wish you and your family a happy 4th of July. Stay safe and enjoy great times with family friends!