City-By-City Fireworks Bans Leave Blurry Lines For Residents
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - After burn bans, fireworks bans, and other new rules many residents said they are more confused than ever heading into this year's holiday.
On Highway 56, just outside of Cookeville Rayn Galloway spends her days not just selling fireworks at her stand but informing and correcting ill-informed customers. Some who even believe there has been a state wide ban on fireworks, even though one has not been issued.
"We work directly with the State Fire Marshal's office because of our professional shows. And we would be the first ones to know if there was some kind of ban in our area, especially."
Fireworks have been banned in several mid-state cities due to the dry weather conditions, but are currently allowed in all of the Upper Cumberland area.
Metro Nashville announced Friday they will impose a zero tolerance policy on fireworks this year. Resident who are found shooting off the already illegal fireworks will be given a fine, and asked to pay court costs.
Galloway said the confusion has not helped her sales this year.
"Stand sales have been down pretty much across the board," she said.
Galloway said she understands consumer's confusion and happily takes time out to discuss the bans or regulations imposed by each city and county.
"Because our ultimate goal is safety," she explained.