Consumer fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Franklin. The sale of fireworks is also not permitted anywhere in the city. But because many vendors set up fireworks stands just outside the city limits, residents may not realize when they purchase fireworks in the county that they cannot be used in the city.
The city’s 1999 ordinance banning fireworks allows enforcement by the police, as well as the fire department. Violators may face fines, and may be held liable for damages.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, primarily due to fireworks. In 2008, NFPA reports that there was one death associated with consumer fireworks and 7,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms that year. The highest injury rates were for children ages 5 to 9, and teens ages 15 to 19. Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for 32% of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2008.
In 2010 fireworks caused at least two brush fires in Franklin during the month of July, including one at the Westhaven golf course on July 4th. In 2009, two teens playing with fireworks ignited a mulch fire that spread to an apartment building in the Wyndchase apartment complex. No one was injured, but the fire damaged the exterior of the building and destroyed the landscaping.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. For more fireworks facts and safety tips, please follow these links: