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Suspects allegedly shot illegal mortar fireworks at Murfreesboro Police

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In Murfreesboro, it is against the law to shoot fireworks after July 5th. However, it is fully legal to shoot fireworks now (June 28 – July 5th it is legal to shoot fireworks in Murfreesboro city limits).

While it may be legal to shoot fireworks this week, it is still illegal to shoot or sell reloadable or mortar type fireworks in the city limits. It is also illegal to shoot bottle rockets in the city.

On Tuesday, police responded to the area of University Street and once on the scene, several subjects shot mortar type explosives towards police cars and people. Officers chased down several subjects that were believed to have been responsible for the incident. Javoseia D. Gooch and Dumarcus L. Voorhies, both 19, were charged with two counts of resisting arrest and one count of vandalism.

As police were taking Gooch and Voorhies into custody, a group of people started to descend upon the officers. Police told the residents to not approach them as they were making an arrest, but one of the subjects refused, according to an arrest report. The same report outlines how 22-year old Javaria S. Miles started to yell and what police described as “inciting a riot.” As the yelling continued, the crowd became more irate with the officers. Miles was quickly placed in handcuffs and allegedly asked the crowd, “If they were going to allow the police to do this?” Miles was charged with “Inciting a Riot” and placed under a $2,000 bond.

The crowd eventually calmed down and police were able to safely leave the area with their suspects in tow. All three of the suspects will appear in court August 5th. Each were released on bond Wednesday morning.

Firework Rules in Murfreesboro City Limits: 

• Bottle rockets, Prohibited

• U.S. Department of Transportation Class C common fireworks or 1.4G explosives, Prohibited

• Mortars, Prohibited 

• Reloadables Prohibited  

• Shells, Prohibited 

Buyers must be at least 16 to purchase fireworks. If you appear to be 17 or under, you will have to show picture ID to buy fireworks in the city of Murfreesboro (city limits). 

You can not shoot fireworks before 10 AM June 28 through July 5th. Fireworks can not be shot after 10 PM, unless it is the 4th of July. On the 4th, you can shoot fireworks up until 11 PM in Murfreesboro (city limits)


MPD Arrest Report(s) #14-12860 A,B,C  
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

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