The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


July 4th Safety

Key West Fire Chief Alan Averette wants to remind the community that personal fireworks displays are not allowed unless permitted by the fire department.

The City Code of Ordinances stipulates that, even with the permit, fireworks must be supervised by the fire department and handled by a licensed pyrotechnician.

That means, outside of sparklers, fireworks are prohibited within the city limits. Key West has a large number of old wooden structures, and illegal fireworks pose a threat of fire as well as injury.

Chief Averette encourages families to enjoy cookouts and other traditional activities at home in this year of unusual circumstances.

“Our main concern is that everyone remains safe,” he said, “while celebrating the Fourth of July.”