It is illegal to set off fireworks in Oak Ridge or even have them, city officials said Thursday, a week before July 4.
The Oak Ridge Police Department can arrest anyone who has fireworks or sets them off, a city press release said.
“As everyone knows, fireworks are fun to watch, but can be dangerous,” Oak Ridge Police Chief Jim Akagi said in a press release. “We do not want anyone to put themselves or others in harm’s way.”
The press release said the Police Department will increase patrol operations for the July 4 holiday weekend to watch for drunk drivers and prohibited fireworks.
“The Oak Ridge police and fire departments appreciate everyone’s cooperation in making Independence Day enjoyable and safe,” Akagi said.
He said prohibited fireworks include anything that is combustible or explodes. Smoke bombs and sparklers are okay, Akagi said.
The City of Oak Ridge will have its Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at A.K. Bissell Park at 10 p.m. July 4.
For more information about fireworks in the city, call (865) 425- 3504.