As residents are preparing to ring in the new year, so are the La Vergne Fire and Rescue and La Vergne Police Departments.
There are only certain times that citizens are allowed to shoot off fireworks in city limits. According to Ordinance #2018-21, which was passed at the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on November 20, the discharge of common fireworks is only allowed between December 29 and January 1 from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. On December 31, those hours are extended to 11:00 P.M.
Citizens who wish to file noise complaints are asked to contact the La Vergne Police Department’s non-emergency line, (615) 793-7744.
Citizens are encouraged to watch and enjoy firework displays conducted by trained professionals, rather than using consumer fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), every year an average of 18,500 reported fires in the U.S. are started by fireworks. If you do choose to discharge fireworks the NFPA says you should use them in a safe area away from dry fields, forests, and buildings, never point or throw fireworks at people or animals, light one firework at a time, keep water and garden tools nearby and remember wet towels can be used to extinguish small flames.
For more tips on fireworks safety, visit www.nfpa.org/fireworks.