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Public Awareness Bulletin Reguarding Prohibition Of Fireworks Within The City Of Paris

Per the City of Paris Ordinance 6.04.001 and Fire Code 5601.1.3, it is illegal to possess, manufacture, store, sell and use Fireworks within the City of Paris.

In 2020, about 15,600 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries, and there were at least 18 fireworks-related deaths, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Of those injured, about 1,100 were under five years of age, 1,400 were five to 14, and 1,300 were aged 15 to 19. Injuries included burns and wounds to the hands and fingers (30%); head, face, and ears (22%); eyes (15%); legs (13%); and arms (12%).

In anticipation of the upcoming 4th of July Holiday and the interest of public safety, the City Leadership of Paris has instituted a zero-tolerance position concerning fireworks by established municipal code.

Therefore, anyone found to have fireworks will be issued a citation with a maximum fine of $2000.00. The Paris Police and Fire Departments will confiscate and destroy their fireworks. The best and safest way to enjoy fireworks this upcoming Fourth of July is to attend a permitted public display by trained professionals.

Paula Portugal, Mayor
Reginald Hughes, Mayor Pro-Tem
Grayson Path, City Manager
Richard Salter, Jr., Chief of Police
Thomas McMonigle, Fire Chief
Russell Thrasher, EMS Chief