KPD e-News Release: Friendly Annual Reminder that Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Friendly Annual Reminder that Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport
DATE: July 1, 2020
With the Fourth of July taking place this coming weekend, this is just a friendly reminder that, even on Independence Day, fireworks are illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals and encourages citizens to instead enjoy an officially sanctioned fireworks show. See below for the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance. Violations of this Ordinance are subject to a $110 fine.

City of Kingsport Ordinance 42-112

(a) For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, use, discharge, possess with the intent to discharge, or offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or keep with intent to sell at retail, fireworks in the city.

For your safe and legal fireworks viewing pleasure, the City of Kingsport is conducting two simultaneous fireworks shows on Saturday, July 4th at 9:45 PM. For additional details, to include associated road closures and best viewing locations, please visit

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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