Fireworks stores follow local, state, and federal guidelines for

Fireworks stores follow local, state, and federal guidelines for fire safety

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"Fires are always a concern to anybody but particularly fireworks stores because our product is combustible," said store owner and president of Pyro Shows Lansden Hill. "Fires are always a concern to anybody but particularly fireworks stores because our product is combustible," said store owner and president of Pyro Shows Lansden Hill.
Stores like Uncle Sam Fireworks in Rocky Top have No Smoking signs, sprinkler systems, and extinguishers as safety precautions. Stores like Uncle Sam Fireworks in Rocky Top have No Smoking signs, sprinkler systems, and extinguishers as safety precautions.
"It is a relief knowing that the signs are out there and not to do anything stupid while inside the building," said Matt Gray. "It is a relief knowing that the signs are out there and not to do anything stupid while inside the building," said Matt Gray.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

LA FOLLETTE (WATE) - After a weekend fire destroyed a Campbell County fireworks store, we wanted to know just what are the rules and regulations out there to keep the public safe?

Stores like Uncle Sam Fireworks in Rocky Top have No Smoking signs, sprinkler systems, and extinguishers as safety precautions.

"Fires are always a concern to anybody but particularly fireworks stores because our product is combustible," said store owner and president of Pyro Shows Lansden Hill.

Before explosives can be stocked, stores have to meet local, state and federal building codes.

"About exits, about aisle width, about content, construction of building so on and so forth," added Hill.

The rule book comes from the National Fire Protection Agency and inspections by a fire marshal are routine.

"The local jurisdiction required that our building be built of non-combustible or masonry fire resistant construction and be sprinkled," said Hill.

Customers, like Matt Gray, say these precautions are a welcome sight that helps keep an open flame from finding its way inside.

"It is a relief knowing that the signs are out there and not to do anything stupid while inside the building," he said.

Uncle Sam Fireworks plans on having more fire safety training for employees. On a national level, Hill says codes may be changing in the near future requiring fireworks stores to have sprinkler systems installed.

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