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St. John stresses fireworks guidelines

LAPLACE — As we approach the New Year’s holiday, St. John the Baptist Parish Government reminds the public of firework regulations.

In St. John Parish it is lawful to discharge fireworks within the parish on the following days and times:

• From dusk until 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day

• From dusk until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day

All discharging of fireworks by the general public shall be done with the supervision of responsible adults. Anyone under the age of 15 shall be prohibited from discharging fireworks without the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or other responsible party.

No fireworks are allowed discharged closer than 500 feet from any hospital, church, nursing home or school that is occupied.

No fireworks shall be modified in any way from their original design, nor combined with any other devices in an attempt to increase the energy or loudness of the discharging.

Violators upon conviction in a court of proper jurisdiction shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than $50 or not more than $500.

For more information, visit http://stjohnsheriff.org.