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Firework Safety

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. With many professional firework shows being canceled this year, it is important to know that fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year.

A few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit, without fireworks:

1. Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. Fun for all ages.
2. Loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
3. Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector.  Don’t forget the bugspray!
4. Red, white and blue silly string…fun for all ages.
5. Make a patriotic craft with the family.
6. Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget the cake.

City of North Charleston Fireworks Ordinance

Sec. 8-3. – Fireworks

  1. Defined. For purposes of this chapter, the term “fireworks” shall mean those items defined as “class C fireworks” and/or as “common fireworks”.
  2. Discharge times. Discharge is generally allowed within the city limits except for the following times and subject to the restrictions below.
    1. Generally allowed throughout the year from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Discharge is prohibited entirely between 11:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
    2. December 31st discharge is allowed until 1:00 a.m. on the morning of January 1st.
    3. July 4th discharge is allowed until 1:00 a.m. on the morning of July 5th.
  3. Discharge restrictions. It shall be unlawful to:
    1. Negligently, recklessly or intentionally direct the discharge of fireworks towards any structure, animal, or person.
    2. Intentionally detonate fireworks upon the land of another without express prior consent;
    3. Offer for sale or to sell permissible fireworks to children under the age of fourteen (14) years unless accompanied by a parent; or
    4. To explode or ignite fireworks within six hundred (600) feet of any church, hospital, asylum or public school;
    5. To ignite or discharge any permissible fireworks within or throw the same from any motor vehicle;
    6. To place or throw any ignited fireworks into or at any motor vehicle.
  4. Authority to seize devices. The fire official shall seize, take, remove, or cause to be removed all stocks of fireworks or explosives held in violation of this section.
  5. Authority of police to impose civil penalty. Any police officer is hereby authorized and empowered to impose a fine in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200.00) for violation of this section.

(Ord. No. 2001-22, 5-10-01; Ord. No. 2016-035, 9-8-2016)