Safety precautions underway as Tennessee prepares for fireworks display

11:19 PM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) The City of Knoxville is preparing for its Fourth of July fireworks display.

Knoxville Fire Captain D.J. Corcoran said the fireworks will be fired off in South Knoxville on the helipad at the old Baptist Hospital.

Cpt. Corcoran said, "The fire department is going to take and wet down that whole bank with our fire boat and the fall out area will be in the water so we feel it will be pretty safe."

Dry conditions have been blamed for the cancellation or delaying of several fireworks displays in the past. Just last year, days before the Fourth of July, several acres of the Regional Park in Athens burned after a lawn mower blade hit a rock, causing a spark that started a grass fire.

This year dry conditions are not a factor, as East Tennessee is above average when it comes to rainfall.

Remember, it's illegal to have fireworks in Knox County. For those who are able to pop fireworks in their area, fire officials warn of having dry leave in gutters because sparks could smolder and cause a fire. Also, fire officials said they get several reports of kids with burn on their fingers and feet, mainly from using sparklers.








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