Brookhaven, GA, June 27, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Ahead of the 2016 Independence Day Holiday, the City of Brookhaven has tweaked the hours consumer fireworks are allowed to be ignited. The local ordinance extends times set by House Bill 727, introduced on the last day of the 2015-2016 legislative session by Representative Paul Battles (R-Cartersville), which dialed back the times and identified places fireworks are prohibited.
The legislation allows cities to change those times by local ordinance, and Brookhaven Councilmembers have established the following revised Fireworks times:
- The amended Brookhaven ordinance extends the cut off time from 9:00 PM in the State ordinance to 10:30 PM on days other than enumerated holidays which are in the State statute
- On July 3rd and July 4th, Fireworks are allowed until midnight
- On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Fireworks are allowed until 1:00 AM
State law allows the ignition of Fireworks to begin at 10:00 AM on any day of the week, and the hours Brookhaven has tweaked do not apply to Commercial Fireworks displays, which are regulated under a different State statute.
During their June 21st Council Meeting, Councilmembers discussed how changes to the noise ordinance setting Fireworks times would be enforced by City Police. They said the ordinance is in fact enforceable by the Brookhaven Police Department, but hope residents will be cognizant of their neighbors and be courteous.
“Courtesy is the watchword,” says the City. “Not only courtesy by those who choose to enjoy fireworks, but also courtesy between neighbors. Our officers seek to resolve problems and concerns in the community without beginning with issuing a citation.”
Mayor John Ernst called for the ordinance to be back up for Council discussion during an August Council Meeting.