Case on noise violations from Murrells Inlet fireworks continued

Fireworks over the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

A hearing for two people cited by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office for noise ordinance violations after two recent Marshwalk fireworks shows was continued.

According to the clerk of court of Georgetown County, Zambelli employees Kenneth Dean Roberts, 44, of Aynor and John "Rick" Tyler, 53, of Conway hired Murrells Inlet attorney Scott Joye and Joye asked for the continuance.

Zambelli was hired by the MarshWalk Group for the summer fireworks shows that run every Monday night through Labor Day.

Joye said he is going to investigate all aspects of the case.

"This is a decisive issue with lots of opinions on both sides. There are a lot of people who strongly support the fireworks show and some people who oppose it," he said.

Roberts was cited at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Marshwalk fireworks display and Tyler was cited at 9:02 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Marshwalk fireworks display. Each was given a $500 fine for the noise ordinance violation, according to the ticket from Georgetown County.

Joye said the penalty, if the men are found guilty, could be a $500 fine or 30 days in jail.

The hearing has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 18.

The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk fireworks have also caused controversy due to concerns over the environmental impacts of the debris left behind.