(WTVM) – Independence Day is less than a week away and officials are urging residents to use extreme caution to avoid fires and serious injuries when using fireworks.
"The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks display," Insurance and Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said.
Starting July 1 the public can spark fireworks between the following days and hours:
- On any day between 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
- On any day after 9 p.m. up to and including 11:59 p.m. if allowed by local noise ordinance
- On Jan. 1, July 3, July 4 and Dec. 31 of each year after 9 p.m. and up to and including the time of 11:59 p.m.
- On Jan. 1 of each year beginning at midnight and up to and including the ending time of 1 a.m.
Here is a list of restrictions when planning to use fireworks:
- You can’t use them indoors
- Within the right of way of a public street, highway or railroad
- Within 100 yards of
- An electric plant, water plant, waste water treatment plant
- Retail sale of gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids or gases where volume is in excess of 500 gallons
Also, if you are under the influence of alcohol or any drug combination it is unlawful to ignite consumer fireworks.