Firefighters sell fireworks to pay bills

Firefighters are selling fireworks as a fundraiser for the department. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GRASSY FORK, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Firefighters from one East Tennessee station are at a roadside stand selling fireworks to pay their bills.

Volunteers with Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department are set up at exit 447 on Interstate 40 selling fireworks.

"If it's legal in TN yeah we have it," said Lt. Carson Cross.

Cross says the department started the idea 3 years ago and it has become the largest fundraiser for them.

"Fireworks we can bring in between 8 and 10 thousand dollars profits. We're hoping to do a little more this year," Cross said.

It keeps the department in business. The county provides $10,000 in funding, but expenses are much more. Cross hopes people will come out and support them so they can keep the community safe.

"It's really tough to be able to survive on that. our insurance is expensive," said Cross. "So if we get new firefighters we have to get new gear and being a volunteer fire department it's tough."

Firefighters say they're also using the opportunity to talk with customers about safety when they get home to shoot off the fireworks.

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