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Officials warn of consequences about setting off fireworks in Davidson County

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The Nashville Fire Department has a stern warning for anyone who is thinking about setting off fireworks.

It's illegal to set off fireworks in Davidson County, but the law hasn't stopped people from doing it.

"We already have been receiving calls for about a week for fireworks being shot off in neighborhoods," said Andrea Eanes, a fire inspector with the Nashville Fire Department.

Police and firefighters are also keeping a close watch downtown near LP Field. They've caught people lighting their own fireworks before the downtown celebration.

"If one of those were to get loose and get into the fireworks we have for the show it could be extremely dangerous," Eanes said.

Lighting fireworks in the county can end with a misdemeanor offense, but it can have lifelong consequences if something goes wrong. Doctors say more than half of the injuries they see on Friday night will be because of the fireworks people set off at home.

Experts say the people at the highest risk for getting hurt on the Fourth of July are teens, young adults and children under the age of 10.

"A lot of times, they don't get rid of the fireworks they're holding in their hands fast enough," Eanes said.

With all the excitement of July Fourth comes a lot of work for Nashville firefighters. They want everyone to have fun but to stay safe.

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