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It’s not unusual to hear the sounds of fireworks popping off in your neighborhood between the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays — but that doesn’t mean it’s the right time to set them off.

If you’re planning on ringing the new year with an at-home firework display, make sure you know the local ordinances and laws to avoid receiving a fine (and irritating all of your neighbors in the process).

Here’s the lowdown on when and where you can set off fireworks in the Charleston area this year:

City of Charleston

Purchasing and igniting fireworks within the city limits is prohibited. (Many of the surrounding islands also ban the lighting of fireworks year-round, including Folly BeachIsle of PalmsSullivan’s IslandKiawah Island and Seabrook Island.)

City of North Charleston

Residents of North Charleston are permitted to set off fireworks throughout the year between the hours of 9 a.m.-11:20 p.m. Special exceptions are made on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, when fireworks are allowed until 1 a.m.

Town of Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant permits fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after a holiday between 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For New Year’s Eve, firework displays would be legal during these hours on Dec. 30 and 31, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022.

Town of James Island

Fireworks are legal year-round on James Island between 9 a.m.-11 p.m. This time frame is extended on New Year’s Eve.

Town of Summerville

Summerville dwellers are permitted to light fireworks throughout the year between 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and on the New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July until 1 a.m.

City of Goose Creek

Goose Creek only permits fireworks on holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day and Fourth of July.

Town of Monck’s Corner

Monck’s Corner residents can shoot off fireworks only on New Year’s Eve between 9 a.m.-1 a.m. and on the Fourth of July from 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

If you’re unsure about the ordinances in your area, check your local government’s website. People living in neighborhoods with a Homeowners Association should check with their HOA about firework guidelines.

Looking for professional fireworks displays? You can catch a few around Charleston.

  • Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop
  • Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island
  • Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve at Tattooed Moose on Johns Island
  • New Year’s Eve on the Creek: Cruise into 2022 at Tavern & Table and Red’s Ice House on Shem Creek