Fireworks law to get preliminary vote at Summerville council meeting
SUMMERVILLE — Fireworks are back in the lap of Town Council tonight, with a preliminary vote scheduled on the latest version of a proposed law.
The proposal would need two votes to be approved.
Council members in April asked town attorney G.W. Parker to draft a law that could include a limit on the hours during which “audible” fireworks could be shot, as well as a ban on shooting onto someone’s else property or public property.
The “audible” law would exempt fireworks blasted on holidays, such as Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, but would be enforced on days surrounding those holidays. Rounds of fireworks lit off on those days tend to ignite the most complaints.
Fireworks laws are one of those no-wins for local governments. Nearly every Lowcountry municipality has one, except Summerville and Mount Pleasant. But police concede frankly they are tough to enforce: By the time officers respond, the show is over.
Summerville for 10 years has eyed ordinances that at one point included an outright ban, only to get snuffed by the enforcement dilemma and a preemptive state law that was changed in 2011.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the new Town Hall building, 200 S. Main St.
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