Laws for fireworks shows in local area

Published 11:00 am Thursday, December 28, 2023

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With New Year’s Eve around the corner, many may be looking forward to stocking up on fireworks. However, there are some city ordinances that residents need to adhere to while enjoying the festivities. 

While Chambers County does not have any ordinances on fireworks, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office asks that residents in the county be respectful to their neighbors. Fireworks shows can be loud and disruptive to others in the neighborhood as it gets late. 

Each city has its own ordinances for guidelining activities like fireworks. For example, in Lanett, there is an ordinance that prohibits the use of fireworks between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. 

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However, LaFayette Fire Chief James Doody said that fireworks are prohibited within the city limits in accordance with the city ordinance 11-8. Doody said organizations that wish to light fireworks within the city can request a permit from the fire department.

The fire department will then go assess the area for any dead trees or dry brush and make sure it will be supervised and controlled. Doody said before a permit can be issued, they must confirm with the state that there are no burn bans. 

There are no ordinances on fireworks for Valley or West Point. However, Troup County follows Georgia’s fireworks regulations which allow residents to shoot fireworks until 1 a.m. on New Year’s.