Today is Friday, August 18, 2017

County mayor issues word of caution for personal fireworks use

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The ban applies to all open-air burning including leaf and woody debris, construction burning, campfire, outdoor grills, and other fire activity outside our municipalities.

The burn ban does not specifically prohibit the use of fireworks, although fireworks can not exist without an open flame. Anyone using fireworks is asked to use extreme caution while being mindful of the surrounding area because they can ignite dry grass and quickly spread out of control. Any fireworks that go aerial could pose a threat to the land area.

After contact with Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe, his department is in full agreement to enforce the reckless burning statue. And he states T.C.A. 39-14-304 Reckless Burning, states in part A person commits reckless burning who...recklessly starts a fire on land, building, structure, or personal property of another or...their own personal property and allows the fire to escape and burn the property of another...commits a Class A misdemeanor. The Sheriffs Department will use as much discretion as possible, but this is their responsibility.

Please be extremely careful of discarded cigarettes. They should be placed in an ash tray, and never thrown out the window of a vehicle. Several recent fires have been attributed to a cigarette being discarded carelessly. Beware of parking on grassy areas with the engine running for any period of time, as the grass can catch on fire.

WEMA Director, John Jewell, and his department stand ready to assist our citizens in the event of any emergency.

With these conditions and temperatures, we ask for common sense and parental vigilance to make this a safe and fun holiday for everyone.

The cities of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and Watertown govern themselves with their own local ordinances regarding fireworks. Fireworks are not permitted within the Lebanon city limits and Watertown residents may use fireworks within their city limits from July 1 through July 5 and Mt. Juliet residents may use fireworks within the city limits from June 20 through July 5.

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