We Get Answers About The Mysterious East Memphis “Explosions”

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Wedding photo from Facebook

(East Memphis) Mysterious explosions startled hundreds of people in East Memphis early Sunday morning.

People reported hearing loud booms in the area northwest of Mount Moriah and I-240 shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Calls flooded into News Channel 3 and to the Mount Moriah Police precinct.

It turns out the fireworks were set off during a wedding at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Internet records show Kimberly Romanow and Barrett Guthrie were married at the botanic garden Saturday night.

While the City of Memphis has noise ordinance which prohibits disruption between 11p.m. to 7 a.m., the couple had a special permit.

The original permit allowed fireworks until 11 p.m. but we’re told the Memphis Fire Department agreed to extend that until 11:50 a.m.

We are looking into why that extension was approved.

The couple has removed their wedding website and Romanow-Guthrie’s Twitter account is now private.

Numerous complaints were posted to Facebook and Twitter.

Memphis police were inundated with calls to both 911 and the non-emergency number from people who were concerned.



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