Far more U.S. fires are reported on a typical Independence Day than on any other day of the year, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires, according to research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
According to a Greeneville town ordinance, it is unlawful for city residents to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, use or explode any fireworks.
The only exception to this law is for public fireworks displays, in which case a local fire official must approve.
In the unincorporated areas of Greene County, the sale and discharge of fireworks is legal at all times, although there are restrictions against setting off fireworks in the vicinity of places such as schools and churches.
NFPA has had a longstanding position against the use of consumer fireworks, and urges consumers to attend professional displays of fireworks.
NFPA established the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks in 2002 to further that message.
A new video has been released that depicts headlines of fireworks tragedies from across the country and lists all of the consumer fireworks that cause fires and/or injuries each year.
More information on fireworks can be found at http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks.