Johnson City neighborhood, police meet to try and stop “fireworks wars”


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Neighbors in the West Davis Park area of Johnson City are coming together to try and stop what they’re calling “fireworks wars.”

They say every 4th of July, dozens of people run through the street throwing fireworks, even at one another.

The scene just this month in that neighborhood showed chaos, fireworks being shot into yards and down streets.

Fireworks are banned in Johnson City.

Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner tells us three people were charged after the 4th of July, and that investigation is far from over. The punishment for that charge is a fine.

Some residents in the neighborhood hosted a meeting Monday night to talk about how to stop this from happening in their community.

“We don’t want to just displace the fireworks from West Davis park and have it go to another neighborhood. I think that people in other neighborhood associations really need, we really need them to come out and help us address the problem,” Chief Turner said.

Johnson City’s Vice Mayor Jenny Brock was also there.

The group discussed things like making sure the LED lights in the street aren’t covered by trees.

Chief Turner tells us he believes juveniles and adults are involved, and he’s working with the city to speak with the DA’s office to potentially enforce curfews.

The next community meeting to continue this discussion is set for August 27.

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