Visit Tybee will not host its annual New Year’s fireworks show on Tybee this year. Please be safe and follow the city ordinance governing consumer fireworks. Per Sec. 42-66 of the City Code, except as allowed by state law, discharging fireworks within the city at other than at permitted events is prohibited.
State law permits the use of fireworks on January 1 of each year beginning from 12:00 a.m. midnight and to 1:00 a.m. unless otherwise declared by the governor. This is permitted on private property only. Outside of times allowed by state law, a special use permit is required to ignite fireworks. Failure to follow the law may result in penalties and fines.
In addition, fireworks MAY NOT be:
- used indoors or within the right-of-way of any public road, street, or highway, or in any other location specifically prohibited by state law.
- used, ignited, or caused to be ignited on any property where use has not been authorized by the property owner or designee, including city property.
- used within 100 yards of a facility that sells or stores gasoline; or any facility that produces, refines, processes or blends flammable liquid or gases for sale; or within 100 yards of an electric substation.
- used, ignited, or caused to be ignited in Jaycee Park, Memorial Park, the beach of the city, or any other property, including but not limited to parks, historic sites, recreational areas or other property owned, operated by, and/or under the control of the city unless a special use permit has been granted.
- used, ignited, or caused to be ignited by any person under the influence of alcohol or any drug or any combination thereof to the extent that it is less safe or unlawful for such person to ignite consumer fireworks or as provided in O.C.G.A. § 25-10-2.1.
- used, ignited, or caused to be ignited within 100 yards of a nursing home. This prohibition shall ot apply to the owner or operator of a nursing home facility.
- used, ignited, or caused to be ignited in such a manner as to endanger the safety of life, limb, health or property of any person.
- Also, note that City code requires licensed distributors selling consumer fireworks to display signage with information required under state law. Such signs must include the permissible days and times for the use or ignition of fireworks.
Click Here to view Sec. 42-66 - Consumer Fireworks in Municode
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