Police: No one injured after fireworks caught vehicle on fire

Police: No one injured after fireworks caught vehicle on fire
Police say no one was injured after fireworks reportedly caused a vehicle to catch fire on Saturday night, June 27.

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Police say no one was injured after fireworks reportedly caused a vehicle to catch fire on Saturday night, June 27.

Paducah police and firefighters were called just before midnight on Saturday to a car fire in front of the 1100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. When he arrived on scene, an officer reported there was a black Dodge Charger engulfed in flames.

According to police, four people were in the car at the time it caught fire. One of them said they were driving east on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive when another vehicle drove past and someone in that vehicle threw a lit firework into the Charger. The fireworks inside the car caught fire.

The city’s fire marshal and Paducah police are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-440-8550. You can also provide information anonymously through West Kentucky Crime Stoppers by texting WKY and your tip to 847411.

The Paducah Fire Department reminded the public of the city’s ordinance on fireworks.

In Paducah, the sale of fireworks that leave the ground, explode or have a report is allowed; however, they are not allowed to be discharged within the city limits.

The City of Paducah’s supervised public display that will be held at 9:15 p.m. on July 4 at Paxton Park is authorized.

They say, under state law, those under the age of 18 are not allowed to use fireworks, and those fireworks are not to be used within 200 feet of any building, vehicle or other person. Ground and sparkling devices are permitted.

“With the July 4th holiday approaching, we want to remind the public that fireworks are not allowed to be discharged within the city limits for safety reasons due to the density of homes and structures in Paducah,” said Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry. “Those caught discharging fireworks could receive a citation.  Furthermore, it is illegal for minors to be in possession of fireworks.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers burn at approximately 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 2018 Fireworks Annual Report states that more than 19,500 fires are started each year by fireworks. 

Those interested in selling fireworks in Paducah need to contact the Fire Prevention Division at 270-444-8522 for information about completing the necessary permits.

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