Boyd Says Fireworks Explosion That Killed 2 In Canada Shows That Much Worse Could Happen In East Ridge

Friday, June 21, 2013

County Commissioner Tim Boyd said a fireworks explosion that killed two people in Canada on Thursday shows that much worse could happen in East Ridge. A fireworks plant exploded near Montreal.

Commissioner Boyd said, "That's exactly why I opposed placing four fireworks operations in the highest-density community in the state of Tennessee. The explosion in Montreal was way out in the middle of nowhere, and it still killed two people. 

"If it happened in East Ridge, a whole lot more than two people would die. That's a scary, scary thought."

He said one of the fireworks emporiums in East Ridge "is less than a hundred feet from gas pumps."

Commissioner Boyd said, "State law does not regulate fireworks warehouses at all. If one of the East Ridge fireworks operations got a shipment and they did not have room for them all, they could put them in a mini warehouse with no sprinkler system and no protections at all."

He said, "I hope such an explosion never happens here. I really do. But if it does, it is going to be really bad."   


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