BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — WIAT 42 News found out where you can legally light your fireworks this Independence Day.
If you live in an incorporated city or town, chances are, you will not be allowed to light fireworks in your backyard. Most municipalities have ordinances banning the use of explosives.
“Call and find out the information from your local police department, and they’ll be happy to help you and answer any questions that you have about legality,” said Patricia DeLuca, who sells fireworks at Crazy Bill’s, and realizes that not all of her customers abide by ordinances. “As long as you don’t get out of hand and disrupt the neighborhood, (law enforcement) will pretty much be lenient on that.”
Captain Jeff Hartley with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said that Alabama’s counties do not have any rules banning the use of fireworks, so anyone living in an unincorporated area are free to let the sparks fly.
Hartley did point out, however, not all unincorporated areas are rural. He said that noise complaints are not uncommon in north Shelby County, along Highways 280 and 119.
He said deputies will respond to noise complaints.
DeLuca suggests that simply being a good neighbor will prevent noise complaints.
“Always let your neighbors know that you’re going to be shooting them off, especially if they’re elderly and they’re afraid of (fireworks),” she said. “Just let them know, and invite them over, even! Let them have a good time.”
Sgt. Jack Self with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office pointed out that even in unincorporated areas, state laws still apply.
Fireworks can’t be fired off within 600 feet of any church, hospital, asylum, public school, any enclosed building, or within 200 feet of where fireworks are stored, sold, or offered for sale. Fireworks can’t be shot off from any vehicle, or aimed at people.
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