The good news for those wishing to light some fireworks on New Year’s Eve is that you’ll have some extra time to do so, even with the new citywide hourly restrictions on fireworks.
Back in November, City Council voted to prohibit the lighting, discharging, shooting, igniting or otherwise using fireworks anytime between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. But realizing the futility of banning fireworks the moment the ball drops, the city included an exception for New Year’s Eve – although not by much.
You’ll have until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 to light fireworks legally in city limits. The exception also covers Fourth of July, for those looking ahead.
You can feel free to light sparklers, snakes and other quieter pyrotechnic products all night long, as the city doesn’t consider such products to be loud enough to warrant banning. But anything at the noise level of a Roman candle or louder is off limits a half hour past midnight.
In keeping with tradition leading up to every New Year’s Eve, the Greenville City Fire Department is also urging everyone who plans to use consumer fireworks to take appropriate precautions and follow all safety tips.
You can read through the safety tips here.
Be safe out there and happy New Year – and be sure to enter 2020 with all your limbs intact.