Did you know that having fireworks in Myrtle Beach and in North Myrtle Beach could cost you hundreds of dollars in fines?
Two men from Albemarle, N.C., were cited with fireworks violations Sunday after police say they saw them setting off fireworks on the beach at 1 a.m. Officers caught up with the men at the 12th Avenue North beach access, where 21-year-old Scott William Horton was found holding a firework, according to an incident report.
Horton was charged with one count of firework possession.
Elliot Dillion Timothy Tyler, 21, was charged with discharging fireworks after admitting to police he was the one who set them off, according to the report.
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Selling, possessing or using fireworks is illegal inside the city limits of Myrtle Beach, city spokesman Mark Kruea said in a recent release.
The fine for violating the fireworks ordinance in Myrtle Beach is $205, according to Lt. Joey Crosby of the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
In North Myrtle Beach, where fireworks also are illegal to sell, own or use, the fine is $310, said city spokesman Pat Dowling.
The use of fireworks are allowed, however, in the city limits of Conway, Surfside Beach and in the unincorporated areas of Horry County with certain limitations.
In Surfside Beach, the use of fireworks is only allowed on the Fourth of July and fireworks only can be discharged on the beach between the dunes and the water line, according to Town Clerk Debra Hermann.
People who shoot them off elsewhere could be cited and face a fine.
In Loris, public fireworks displays must be approved ahead of time by the city.
In Conway, fireworks only can be discharged on the Fourth of July and Dec. 31. They cannot be sold to children under 14, without a parent present and cannot be ignited within 600 feet of a church, hospital or school or within 75 feet of where fireworks are stored.
It is against the law to ignite or throw fireworks from a vehicle, and it’s also not allowed to place or throw lit fireworks at a vehicle, according to Conway ordinances.
It’s also against the law to ignite fireworks in any public gathering, which includes public places such as parking lots, stores, shopping centers and theaters; and in a garage or at a filling station, warehouse or storage area that holds inflammable materials.
No fireworks can be discharged under a statewide burning ban or “red flag alert,” according to Conway ordinances. And people are not allowed to ignite fireworks or have any fireworks land on another person’s property without permission from the landowner.
It is also illegal for people to “fail to collect and safely dispose of any spend component of an exploded or discharged firework, whether on public or private property,” according to Conway ordinances.
In Horry County, fireworks cannot be discharged in any area marked as a Fireworks Prohibited Zone. The zones must be designated with FPZ signs.
The firework-free zones include areas in Kingston Plantation, Walkers Woods, Carolina Willows, Briarcliffe Forest, Briarwood, Brighton Lakes, Buck Creek Villas, Coastal Villas, Dolphin Cove, Magnolia Pointe, Marsh Hills, Myrtle Beach Travel Park, the Meher Spiritual Center, Ocean Creek, Quail Creek, Rivergate, Sands Beach Club, Sands Ocean Club, Springmaid Beach, Waterford Plantation, Woodlyn Meadow and in county areas just south of Myrtle Beach.
Government offices will be closed Tuesday in observance of the July Fourth holiday, but garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedules in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Horry County.
Trash normally scheduled for pick-up on Tuesdays in Conway will be collected Wednesday.
Fireworks shows scheduled in the area this week
- Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 p.m. - Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach
- Tuesday, July 4, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach
- Tuesday, July 4, after the game – Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ TicketReturn.com Field
- Tuesday, July 4, 10:00 p.m. – Second Avenue Pier
- Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 p.m. - Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach
- Thursday, July 6, after the game – Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ TicketReturn.com Field
- Friday, July 7, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach