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June 16, 2017
Fire Marshal cites ordinance regarding fireworks use
Use and possession prohibited within city limits
MURPHY (June 16, 2017) While consumer fireworks can be easily purchased in nearby areas, the Murphy Fire Department reminds residents and visitors that retail pyrotechnics are outlawed within the city limits.
“The ordinance which specifically addressed fireworks within Murphy is very clear,” says Fire Marshal Perry Elliott. “The safety and well-being of our residents are our main concerns, especially that of youngsters who may not be familiar with the dangers associated with fireworks. Over and above that, of course, is the injury and loss of property due to fires.”
The ordinance covering the use of fireworks reads:
The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and the discharge/use of fireworks are prohibited; except by special permit issued by city council and approved by the city fire marshal; and is declared to be a common and public nuisance.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, consumer fireworks endanger not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. Fireworks ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.
“There are no such things as safe fireworks,” said Elliott. “Even the small handheld sparklers can cause permanent injury and devastating property loss. Parents, guardians and adults should be mindful that fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of youngsters."
The Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day Holiday, especially one free of dangerous materials. The lasting heartache of a tragedy during the holidays is not worth the momentary pleasure associated with fireworks.
For more fireworks safety information please visit www.nfpa.org, and https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/.