With the City of Summerville’s cancellation of the Celebrate Independence festivities, Chattooga County residents will have to drive to LaFayette or Rome to see a professional fireworks display.  That means there may be more folks setting off fireworks on their own this Fourth of July.

If you choose to shoot of your own fireworks, please remember that you should never discharge fireworks over a house, shed, barn or any other structure.  It is a good idea to keep a water hose or a fire extinguisher nearby while shooting fireworks.

Also, be mindful of elderly neighbors, or neighbors with PTSD and those with animals.  As a courtesy, let your neighbors know when you are having your fireworks and approximately how long you will be shooting them off.

Georgia law, OCGA 25-10-2 states that fireworks may be used during the following times:

  • Any day from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Any day from 9 until 11:59 p.m.,  if allowed by county noise ordinance or permit;
  • On Jan. 1, July 3, July 4, and Dec. 31 from 9 until 11:59 p.m.; and on Jan. 1 from midnight until1 a.m.
  • For tips on the use of legal fireworks and fireworks safety: summer/fireworks