KPD e-News Release: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport—Even on Independence Day (Reissue)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport—Even on Independence Day (Reissue)
DATE: July 1, 2022
The following is a reminder to area citizens that not only are fireworks potentially dangerous, but they are also very much illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport, EVEN ON INDEPENDENCE DAY.

When reporting fireworks disturbances, please DO NOT CALL 911, unless the fireworks have created an actual emergency, such as a fire or serious injury. Fireworks disturbances should be reported by calling the non-emergency number for Kingsport Central Dispatch which is 423-246-9111.

The Kingsport Police Department strongly recommends leaving fireworks to trained and licensed professionals and encourages citizens to instead enjoy an officially sanctioned fireworks show.

Violations of the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance are subject to a penalty of $123.75 for each count, to include the fine and associated court costs. See below for the Ordinance itself:

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.

Please consider the following opportunities this summer for your safe and legal fireworks viewing pleasure:

· Saturday, July 2, 2022: Kingsport’s Red White and Boom Independence Day Celebration on Main Street in Downtown Kingsport. Immediately following the concert will be “the largest Independence Day fireworks display in Kingsport history.” For further information, please visit:

· July 3, July 8, July 30, and August 6, 2022: A total of four (4) Kingsport Axmen postgame fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium, located at 800 Granby Road in Kingsport. For further information, please visit:

· July 23, 2022: Kingsport Fun Fest Eastman Fireworks Spectacular immediately following the concert, viewable from J. Fred Johnson Stadium and Memorial Park in Kingsport. For further information, please visit:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)


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