Enforcing Fireworks Laws In Shelby County

Tipton County, TN (localmemphis.com) - Every year businesses set up shop on the roadside competing for customers, but you won't see many in Shelby County.

Individual consumer-level fireworks sales and their use are banned in Shelby County, but that doesn't slow business in neighboring counties.

Drive up Highway 51 into Tipton County, and you cannot miss the fireworks stands as soon as you cross county lines, between the bright lights, signs and giant inflatable animals, this is prime real estate for businesses.

"I kind of lucked into the spot it's a great spot because people see me first. It is a highly competitive business," said Fireworks City Manager Robert Luttrell.

Luttrell said he knows customers can go anywhere, so they try to make their shopping experience fun and special. 

They have music playing, employees dancing near the road with lights to direct customers and sales incentives. 

He also knows Shelby County's ban on fireworks means more business for them.

"This place is booming because of Memphis and like I said we love them," said Luttrell.

"My family been doing that since I was growing up so this is the only spot I know," said Terrico White of Shelby County. White said his family has been firecrackers outside of Shelby County for years.

"It's Fourth of July people are going to want to pop firecrackers," said White.

According to Luttrell most of their Shelby County customers come from Raleigh, Frayser, and the Wolfchase area.

"I mean we're blooming now been booming for a couple days but tomorrow, tomorrow is what we live for. And tomorrow's going to be a party," Luttrell.

A spokesperson with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said deputies will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks across the country.


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