Knoxville fire crews extinguish structure fire caused by fireworks


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire Saturday afternoon on Keith Avenue.

Investigators said the fire started in the gutter of the home and was caused by someone shooting fireworks.

Witnesses stated that they observed several subjects in a gold Toyota Camry driving down the road shooting fireworks out of the car. Witnesses also indicated that they observed a black Ford Fusion driving with the Camry shooting fireworks from the vehicle as well.

After clearing the scene at Keith Avenue, officers located a gold Toyota Camry with multiple occupants on Mercer Avenue near Baxter Avenue. Additional officers responded to the scene to investigate the vehicle and its occupants. Officers observed five occupants in the vehicle and several fireworks in plain view, and conducted a search of the vehicle. That search revealed several different types of fireworks, which were confiscated. Officers estimated that approximately 50 pounds of fireworks were confiscated from the vehicle. 

An arrest was not made on scene as there were no witnesses that could identify a specific person that shot the firework. The KFD Arson Unit will conduct the follow-up investigation.

KPD tweeted out a reminder that “shooting fireworks within city limits is unlawful and dangerous.”

“A person who causes fire to an occupied structure can be charged with a felony,” KPD also said in a tweet.

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