St. Charles Parish residents longing to set off fireworks this New Year’s holiday should take heed: At-home fireworks are allowed only from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday and again from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office warned Tuesday.
Firework sales are banned, which means residents must drive to surrounding areas to buy them.
Additionally, no fireworks may be discharged within 1,000 feet of an asylum, church, fireworks retail location, gas station, hospital, industrial facility, public building or school. They also may not be ignited in or thrown from or at cars.
Sheriff Greg Champagne also urged residents to clean up after discharging fireworks. “Abuse of this privilege could easily result in the council repealing the limited use of fireworks,” he said.
Limited fireworks use has been permitted in St. Charles since 2013. Before that, they had been banned for nearly four decades.
The sale and use of fireworks remain illegal across much of the New Orleans metro area, though they are permitted in the cities of Gretna and Jean Lafitte and in Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. John the Baptist parishes, as well as in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.