Fireworks cannot be shot off within City of Knoxville

Knoxville Police Chief Aaron Fuller

The Knoxville Police Department has received a number of calls regarding the legality of shooting off fireworks within City limits. City code does not allow fireworks to be set off unless they are part of a show that had previously been approved by the City.

“We just want everybody to be safe,” Fuller said. He wants everyone to enjoy the Fourth of July, as he understands COVID-19 canceled many aspects of the celebration – including the Freedom 5K and various THRIVE Knoxville events.

The code is also in place for fire safety, as well as enforcing respect for one’s neighbors. Veterans and others around you may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and may be unable to handle the noises produced by fireworks. Dogs do not like them, either.

“It really affects them,” Fuller said of veterans.

Officers, if they see a flagrant disregard for the law, will take action. Violating the City’s fireworks code is a simple misdemeanor and will require a court date. A suspect, if found guilty of a simple misdemeanor, could be fined up to $1,000. Fines are left to a judge’s discretion.

Fuller adds that the calls into the PD have included pre-emptive complaints about fireworks, as well as inquiries as to what is legal. Basically, any fireworks that were legal prior to the Iowa Legislature’s legalization of them are legal to use within the City – such as sparklers, snakes, etc.

Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the City’s fireworks display after dusk on July 3. Fireworks will be set off at the Knoxville Municipal Airport.