Metro police and fire officials enact 'zero tolerance policy' on fireworks

Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:26pm
Staff reports

In the wake of low moisture and high temperatures police and fire officials issued the following statement:

"Due to the extreme heat and dry weather conditions, the Nashville Police and Fire Departments are enacting a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of illegal fireworks in Davidson County.

There is an especially high risk that fireworks could ignite grass and brush fires that could quickly engulf residential areas and endanger lives.

The Metro Nashville Police Department is reminding Nashvillians that it is illegal to sell at retail or use fireworks in Davidson County, with the exception of properly permitted public displays. Fireworks violations observed by police officers will result in the issuance of misdemeanor citations and/or the confiscation of fireworks."


11 Comments on this post:

By: Taxedtodeath on 6/29/12 at 7:20

Zero tolerance policy HA

Listen to the police radio Well while you can ...

MPD Ignores the Fireworks calls every year

By: parnell3rd on 6/29/12 at 8:57

Exactly Taxed! Is mayor Karl Dean going to get tough this year and start arresting children with sparkerler's? They have ignored enforcing this law since it was passed whenever that was! Zero tolerance my butt!

By: Ask01 on 6/29/12 at 9:52

Talk, as well as planting a threatening story in the media, is cheap. I will likewise be curious to see if any action backs up these declarations.

If past history is any gauge of future performance, our little corner of Antioch will resemble a small war zone once again.

Since Mayor Dean and the Metro Council Gang won't have to layoff any police, thanks to what amounts to taxpayer extortion in my opinion, I expect to see a significant law enforcement presence in neighborhoods.

We shall see.

By: yogiman on 6/30/12 at 4:31

Anyone who would use fireworks simply because it's the 4th of July in this drouth is not only an idiot, they are damn idiots. And parents shouldn't hesitate to explain the reason to their children.

Take a step out the back door and fire then after the fire danger is taken care of with a good rain.

A few days after the 4th won't mean anything. Battles have been going on forever.

By: BenDover on 6/30/12 at 9:21


By: treehugger7 on 7/2/12 at 6:24

Yogi--for once I agree with you! You do have some sense! I called the cops every year I lived in East Nashville--never got any help. It sounded like a war zone every year, frightening the dogs and cats, and never stopped till after midnight. I certainly hope they walk the talk this year...

By: Beernazi on 7/2/12 at 3:46

Hey, y'all - watch this!

By: CrimesDown on 7/4/12 at 9:24

Let's say that there was a zero tolerance policy by the police department. We will use Hermitage and South "B" Patrol Details for an example. Take the 12 Hermitage Officers that are working and the 15 South Officers. Let's say they don't answer any robbery calls, no shooting calls, no burglar alarm calls, no wreck calls, no fight calls, no shoplifting calls, etc., just firework calls only.

There will be hundreds of calls for people shooting fireworks. After a very short period of time all 27 officers will have been dispatched on their first fireworks call. Now remember, we have the zero tolerance policy so when each officer arrives on their call, they will have to take each person into custody and then the officers will have to notify the bomb squad to come to each call and take possession of the fireworks. The officers have to notify the bomb squad according to policy and they have to come to every call because fireworks can not be turned in at the police department's property room. Did I mention there are only 3 bomb squad officers. Assuming everything goes as smooth as possible each one of the officers first calls will take only half their shift. So, each officer will answer only 2 firework calls on their shift, at best.

Only 47 of the hundreds of fireworks calls were addressed. As you can see all of South and Hermitage patrol officers have spent every minute of their shifts on firework calls and hundreds of firework calls have been ignored, just as every other call for service was ignored, no matter how important the other calls were. Remember, we have a zero tolerance policy on fireworks, they come first.

By: brian21285 on 7/5/12 at 10:17

CrimesDown, don't you have a dunkin donuts to stop at for some free food and coffee? And I'm sure your department wouldn't appreciate you stating all of that information online for all to see.

Every time I drive by a Hermitage officer they are either texting or talking on their cell phone. Maybe you all could get a lot more done if you were actually doing your job.

By: CrimesDown on 7/5/12 at 1:16

Hate to disapoint you brian, but I'm not a cop.

By: Ask01 on 7/6/12 at 4:01

An encouraging fact.