St. Charles Parish urges safe discharging of fireworks

New Orleans -- St. Charles Parish officials are asking the public to be safe when setting off fireworks during the New Year's holiday. The parish council voted in June to allow a limited discharge during specific dates and times. According to St. Charles officials, the dates and times are: from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. July 3, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. July 4, from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. Dec. 31 and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Jan. 1. Officials also urge residents to obey the following rules during those times:

No fireworks can be discharged within1,000 feet of a gas station or industrial facility.

No person shall explode or ignite fireworks within 1,000 feet of any church, hospital, asylum, school, public building or fireworks retail location.

No person shall ignite or discharge fireworks in a motor vehicle or throw fireworks from a motor vehicle.

No person shall place an ignited article of fireworks in or throw an ignited article of fireworks at a motor vehicle.

The sale of fireworks is still prohibited within the boundaries of St. Charles Parish.

The Sheriff's Department has already received calls with complaints that some residents have disobeyed the rules and have already begun setting off fireworks. Officials warn residents that failure to abide by these rules will force officials to prohibit the discharge of fireworks at future dates. Also, officials ask that residents clean up the mess that they leave behind.

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