Where you can and can't legally shoot off fireworks in the Chattanooga area

In this 2013 staff file photo, Patrick Heller, of Atlanta, considers a package of 1,600 firecrackers at Dixieland Fireworks in East Ridge. / Staff File photo by Tim Barber

Fireworks are a staple of many Independence Day celebrations, and you often hear the sound of Roman candles and bottle rockets weeks prior to the holiday.

Before you take to your backyard with festivities, it's important to note that many surrounding communities in the Chattanooga area have banned fireworks.

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Fireworks ordinances for the Chattanooga area include:

- Unincorporated areas of Hamilton County: Fireworks are fair game, provided you use them in a "safe and responsible manner," according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

- Chattanooga: Fireworks that do not require a pyrotechnic license are legal within city limits, except between the hours of 11:30 p.m.