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Firework laws in Charleston + other Lowcountry cities and towns

Are you a fan of doing your own fireworks? Get prepared for the upcoming holiday.

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With the Fourth of July holiday this Thursday, we put together a fireworks law guide to help your holiday go out with a bang.

In South Carolina, anyone 16 and older can legally purchase and shoot off fireworks. However, there are rules surrounding the use of fireworks – so we’re breaking down when and where you can use them.

While most types of fireworks are legal, SC does not allow ground salutes or cherry bombs, M-80s, TNT salutes, bulldog salutes, or small bottle rockets less than ½ inch in diameter and 3 inches long.

There are also time restrictions, which depend on the city or town limits you live within.

North Charleston

Fireworks are allowed every day between 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. On July 4, the time frame is extended through 1 a.m. July 5.

Mount Pleasant

Fireworks are allowed on July 4 from 8 a.m.- 1 a.m. and on the day before and day after from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

James Island

Fireworks are allowed every day between 9 a.m.-11 p.m.


Fireworks are allowed every day between 10 a.m.-10 p.m. On July 4, the time frame is extended through 1 a.m. July 5.

Prohibited locations

  • City of Charleston limits
  • Folly Beach
  • Sullivan’s Island
  • Kiawah Island
  • Seabrook Island
  • Isle of Palms

Unincorporated Charleston County

Charleston County ordinances apply to you if you live in Charleston County but don’t live within any city or town limits (including West Ashley + Johns Island). However, there are no set laws prohibiting the use of fireworks. If you are unsure, visit your local government website or speak with your Homeowners Association regarding fireworks rules.

If you are planning on putting on your own firework show this year, here are some firework safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Read the caution labels and instructions before igniting the fireworks.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting off fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Light fireworks outdoors + away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” fireworks.
  • Always have a bucket of water and hose nearby when lighting fireworks.
  • Check out more safety tips here.
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