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Posted on: December 30, 2019

City Reminds Residents of New Fireworks Ordinance

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In November, City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits individuals from using, discharging, shooting or igniting any fireworks or similar explosives between the hours of 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.; however, the ordinance includes an exception that allows extended hours for New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. As a result, the discharge of fireworks in the city of Greenville is prohibited after 12:30 a.m. on January 1.

The ordinance does not prohibit the use of sparklers or similar pyrotechnic products, which generate no appreciable noise. Additionally, the ordinance does not apply to public fireworks exhibitions, which must be permitted by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

In November, City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits individuals from using, discharging, shooting or igniting any fireworks or similar explosives between the hours of 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.; however, the ordinance includes an exception that allows extended hours for New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. As a result, the discharge of fireworks in the city of Greenville is prohibited after 12:30 a.m. on January 1.

The ordinance does not prohibit the use of sparklers or similar pyrotechnic products, which generate no appreciable noise. Additionally, the ordinance does not apply to public fireworks exhibitions, which must be permitted by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Greenville City Fire Department urges residents who choose to use consumer fireworks to take the appropriate precautions and follow the safety tips below:

  • Follow manufacturer instructions on how to properly handle fireworks.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at another person or any property.
  • Children should not be allowed to handle fireworks. Make sure your children and pets are at a safe distance. Never leave children unattended.
  • Never place any part of your body above or in front of a fireworks device while lighting the fuse.
  • Don’t light fireworks indoors.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or smoke while lighting fireworks.
  • Never reignite a firework that has not ignited or try to reignite a used firework.
  • Before throwing away your used fireworks, completely soak them in water.
  • Never ignite devices in a container.
  • Only light fireworks one at a time then move back quickly after lighting each firework.
  • Never transport fireworks by carrying them in your pocket.
  • Be sure to keep a water supply close by in case of a firework accident. A garden hose is also helpful.
  • Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Wear safety equipment when shooting fireworks (gloves, goggles, etc.)

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