Are Fireworks Legal?

In Sumner County fireworks can be bought, sold, and used in the county; however, Gallatin City Council members recently passed an ordinance updating laws addressing the use of fireworks in the City limits.

Use of Fireworks in the City of Gallatin

It is unlawful to discharge or use fireworks except for the following time periods:
  • July 1 through July 4 -The permissible hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. except for July 4 when permissible hours are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on July 5.
  • December 31 through January 1 - The permissible hours are from 8:00 p.m. on December 31 to 12:30 a.m. on January 1
If the state declares drought conditions are present in the area, the City can enforce a temporary ban on discharging fireworks until conditions improve. This fire prevention ordinance was introduced in a City Council Work session on May 23, 2017.

2015 was the worst year for fireworks injuries in at least 15 years, according to a report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Eleven people died in 2015 using fireworks, and an estimated 11,900 people were taken to the hospital with fireworks-related injuries. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 5 to 9, followed by children 10 to 19.

Fireworks-Related Injuries

10 most common causes of fireworks-related injuries:
  • Public Display: 3%
  • Homemade: 3%
  • Multiple Tube Devices: 3%
  • Illegal Firecrackers: 5%
  • Bottle Rockets: 9%
  • Novelties: 9%
  • Roman Candles: 10%
  • Small Fireworks: 14%
  • Reloadable Shells: 20%
  • Sparklers: 24%

Avoiding Injury

Follow these tips to avoid injury when using fireworks:
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire