Woodbury joined a growing list of Middle Tennessee communities today when it banned the shooting of fireworks and all outdoor burning within the town.
Mayor Harold Patrick said he took the extraordinary action to issue the bans due to severe dryness caused by the current drought. It has not rained in Woodbury in over a month and chances of precipitation this week are slim, according to weather forecasts.
The bans will be in effect for the immediate future, Mayor Patrick said.
“All personal use of fireworks is banned and outdoor burning is also banned,” the mayor said. “We are in a serious situation with the weather and we don’t need to be taking any chances.”
The annual Cannon Communities’ 4th of July Celebration will take place as scheduled on Tuesday night at Dillon Park, however, Mayor Patrick added.
“The people who put on the fireworks show are trained professionals who know how to minimize the dangers of something going wrong,” the mayor said. “Plus, we will have two trucks from the Woodbury Fire Department along with firemen stationed at the park in case a situation develops before, during and after the show.”
Mayor Patrick said he has also asked the county’s volunteer fire department’s to be on standby during the event.