As July 4 approaches, city says fireworks have been going off too late

With the Fourth of July about a week away, one metro Atlanta city is taking the time to remind residents about its fireworks laws.

Dunwoody said its police department responded to a call last week of fireworks going off as late as 3 a.m.

“That's WAY too late,” the city wrote in a post on Facebook.

Dunwoody reminded its residents about its new fireworks ordinance, which restricts when Roman candles, bottle rockets and other fireworks can be set off. During most of the year, they can only be used between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Of course, there are some exceptions for holidays. Fireworks can be used until 11:59 p.m. on these days:

  • Jan. 1 (New Year's Day)
  • The last Saturday and Sunday in May (Memorial Day weekend)
  • July 3 and 4 (Independence Day)
  • The first Monday in September (Labor Day)
  • Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve)

On Jan. 1 of each year, fireworks can go off between midnight and 1 a.m.

State law generally allows fireworks to be set off from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. throughout the year, but it gives cities and counties the ability to set their own limits.

In 2016, the state legalized the use and sale of fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, sky rockets, sparklers, smoke and punk, fountains, missiles, novelties, crackle and strobe, parachutes, wheels, spinners, sky flyers, display shells and mortars.

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