Where can you light fireworks in the Tri-Cities region?

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — With the 4th of July almost here, a question many people may be wondering is, “Am I allowed to shoot fireworks?”

Multiple counties and cities have different ordinances in the Tri-Cities area, and it can get confusing when a city within a county might not allow fireworks but the county can.

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According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, examples of permitted fireworks in Virginia include sparklers, fountains, pinwheels. Examples of prohibited items include firecrackers, skyrockets, and torpedoes.

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Meanwhile, in Tennessee the sale of those items are all legal.

Here are a list of cities that fireworks are NOT allowed to be shot:

  • Johnson City
  • Elizabethton
  • Kingsport
  • Erwin
  • Tusculum
  • Jonesborough
  • Bristol, Virginia
  • Bristol, Tennessee

Fireworks are allowed to be shot within the county limits of:

  • Carter County
  • Sullivan County (only on holidays and only until midnight)
  • Greene County
  • Washington County

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