New firework ordinance coming to Pawleys Island

Officials plan to lower the $1,000 firework violation fine down to just $150. This is all in hopes of having police better enforce the rules. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)
Officials plan to lower the $1,000 firework violation fine down to just $150. This is all in hopes of having police better enforce the rules. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - Officers in Pawleys Island may soon be issuing more tickets and fewer warnings for setting off fireworks.

Officials plan to lower the $1,000 firework violation fine down to just $150. This is all in hopes of having police better enforce the rules.

"It wasn't easy for an officer to write that ticket," said Pawleys Island Police Chief Michael Fanning.

People were given warnings but the behavior was not changing.

The days of fireworks are numbered.

Since 1990, Pawleys Island has enforced a zero tolerance for fireworks. That's because the homes there are built close together.

"If we have a windy evening or windy day it could be catastrophic to the island," Chief Fanning said.

Chief Fanning also said that issuing more tickets to people who are setting off fireworks isn't an effort to make money for the town. He hopes that people take this as a learning experience.

"Fire works are dangerous, as a kid I got hit with fireworks and ended up getting stitches in my chin, we just want everyone to be safe and come down here and have a great vacation." Chief Fanning explained.

Right now this ordinance is not in place. The town will have a second reading in August to decide.

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