The Fourth of July is one week away. Vendors selling the fireworks are in place all over the Tennessee Valley. One Harvest homeowner isn’t happy with where some of the colorful noise-makers are being sold. It all comes down to safety.
Monte Caylor emailed WHNT NEWS 19’s Venton Blandin to see about getting the fireworks stand moved.
Caylor lives on Old Jeff Road near a MAPCO gas station in Madison County. Caylor has an issue with the fireworks stand on the gas station’s property. He says the people running it are creating a nuisance for him and his neighbors. he says the vendors are also breaking state law.
Caylor has lived on Old Jeff Road for years. The fireworks stand has been in his neighborhood a while. Caylor never had an issue with it until last summer.
“The fireworks stand sits directly across the street from my house, which is a concern because of the high explosives and the gasoline,” said Caylor.
The fireworks stand used to set on the property of the Piggly Wiggly. A tornado wiped away the grocery store last spring.
“I asked them why they could not set the fireworks stand on the old Piggly Wiggly parking lot. It is not near any house, there is nothing to catch on fire, and they can shoot the fireworks around there,” added Caylor.
“We were forced to move locations. This happened to be where our location ended up being,” said Rhonda Letson.
Letson and others operate the fireworks to raise money for their church. Caylor says Letson’s church fundraiser creates parking and traffic problems outside his door.
“We tried as much as we could to control the atmosphere and things of that nature, but you know with people coming in, there is just no way you could do that,” added Letson.
Letson says ‘no parking’ signs installed at a turn-about take care of the parking issue. Caylor says there’s another problem with the fireworks stand.
“It’s not 50 feet. The store manager and I measured it. It is 48 feet from the gas pumps,” added Caylor.
WHNT NEWS 19’s Venton Blandin called the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office to find out about the rules. State Fire Marshal Ed Paul says fireworks are not allowed to be sold less than 50 feet away from flammable source.
Letson already knew the rule.
“We were 48 feet. We had them come out to remove the stands. Since the stand was removed, the fire marshal has said hey, you guys are good to go and are within regulation,” added Letson.
Caylor is not so sure. He wants Letson to move the fireworks stand.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says Letson’s stand is actually 50′ 4″ away from the gas pumps. Letson says she wants everyone involved to be at peace. She told us she is willing to do whatever it takes to make Caylor happy, except for closing down the fireworks stand.