Fireworks and Lowndes County’s Noise Ordinance

| December 29, 2015


VALDOSTA –This New Year’s Eve, citizens may experience a repeat of this past 4th of July with regards to noise related to fireworks. New fireworks laws not only allow for mortars, bombs and rockets that have been illegal in Georgia until July 1 of this year, laws also include statewide hours for use that are outside of Lowndes County’s Noise Ordinance.

According to the new law, fireworks can be used daily between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and midnight. In addition, on January 1, July 3, July 4 and December 31, fireworks can be used from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 a.m. While 911 should be called in the event of an emergency, please do not call 911 to report noise from fireworks from 10:00 a.m. though 2:00 a.m. on July 3rd and 4th.

This past 4th of July, public safety agencies in Lowndes County responded to numerous complaints related to noise and debris from fireworks. Citizens are encouraged to be good neighbors by remaining mindful of those in our community coping with post-traumatic stress syndrome. In addition, pet owners are advised to bring pets inside if they are spooked by loud noises. Sadly, some pets lost during July 4th, have still not been reunited with their owners.

Citizens are encouraged to be courteous of neighbors and adjoining property owners that could be affected by home fireworks displays. Please make sure that fireworks are confined to individual, private property and that they do not cause litter or fire on other properties.

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