Check laws before lighting fireworks fuse

Myrtle Beach, SC - By A.J. Ross - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – With the Fourth of July holiday weekend comes the traditional fireworks, but before you light up in Horry County law enforcement officials are encouraging everyone to know the rules.

Dozens of fireworks stores are located all over the Grand Strand, but fireworks are actually illegal in some city limits.

In the City of Myrtle Beach you cannot sell or possess fireworks in the city limits, and the same is true for North Myrtle Beach. However, outside of these city limits, fireworks are legal in the county.

"It's a double-edged sword because people come down here and think that fireworks are legal and they set them off," explained Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes. "If we see somebody shooting off fireworks or we get a call about somebody shooting off fireworks we're going to advise them about the ordinance."

Fines for fireworks violations in the City of Myrtle Beach come with a price tag of $210. Knipes says most officers will give a fair warning to people before handing them a ticket.

"Ninety-nine percent of the time we're going to get compliance and they're going to say, 'We didn't understand that and thank you for informing us,'" Knipes said. "We're going to go on our way and they're going to go on theirs."

Todd Stone, the co-owner of Mr. Fireworks on Kings Highway, says he informs every customer of the different fireworks rules before they leave the store.

"I've had the Horry County Sheriff up here probably about two weeks ago and they usually touch base with us every year," Stone commented. "We tell each customer to be careful about where they set their fireworks off and to be safe."

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