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Many Complain That Fireworks Last Long Past Holiday, and Curfew

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Just days after the 4th of July holiday, many people have complained about hearing fireworks in their neighborhood around the clock.
 
Some people said it may be because of the constant rain and others said because they've had to work through the week but the fireworks still continue. Viewers asked 7 On Your Side to look into the laws in different cities and what they can do to report people setting them off after hours.
 
Gina Boyd contacted 7 On Your Side and told her story about how she works with an Upstate rescue for greyhound dogs. Boyd said some of the dogs don't like the fireworks and become terrified as they continue for hours.

"I've had a dog I've pet sat before, who's feet would shake so bad you could feel her nails tapping," said Boyd.

She explained fireworks are great fun and are fine if they stop around nine or ten at night.
 
7 On Your Side asked law enforcement in cities and counties across the Upstate, what are the noise ordinances in certain places and how can people report someone making noise.
 Spartanburg Public Safety said they've received hundreds of complaints but in most cities including Spartanburg, fireworks are not allowed.

Officers said this is the reason many cities hold public shows. In the city people and buildings are closer together and there is a greater risk something might catch on fire.

"The officers respond on the scene and usually there's a young person and we confiscate the fireworks and we turn them in," said Captain Art Littlejohn of Spartanburg Public Safety.
They've taken a lot of fireworks from first time offenders but if they're called back, officers said they may fine you or you may face jail time.
 
Many county ordinances are not as strict when it comes to setting off fireworks. In most counties you can set them off as long as you're not bothering your neighbors and it ends before your ordinance asks you to stop making noise deputies said. 
 
Officials ask that you call the non emergency number of your local law enforcement office if the noise is getting too loud.
 
In Greer, Boyd found out her city ordinance doesn't allow fireworks. She wants others to have fun but be courteous.

" I don't want to tell anyone they can't have fun but be considerate of your neighbors, the area and be considerate of people who may have children or have to work," said Boyd.
 
In Spartanburg County the non emergency number is 864 596-2222..
In Greenville County 864 271-5210
In City of Spartanburg 864 596-2076
City of Greenville 864 467-5333
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