Murrells Inlet fireworks sparking fiery debate

The dispute over a fireworks display in Murrells Inlet is heating up.

For eight minutes every Monday night in the summer, the skies above the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet light up with fireworks. The display is put on by the Murrells Inlet Restaurant Association.

But Renee Williamson with Murrells Inlet 2020, a non-profit organization, said what goes up could be harming what's down below.

"We're all against fireworks in the inlet as a whole because anything that goes into the inlet, trash of any kind, pollutants, damages the oyster beds."

But Dead Dog's Managing Partner Mike Campbell said they're cleaning up after every show and finding very little debris.

"Most of the fireworks are biodegradable, they've switched up after the first or second show this year to using just the bio-degradable products so we're finding very little in the water in the mornings," he explained.

At a special meeting this week, Murrells Inlet 2020 said it wanted to work with the association to find an agreeable solution.

"We are not here to pressure them, we are here to work with them and to have a positive relationship going forward," Williamson said.

The Restaurant Association said they do too.

"We're certainly willing to sit down with them and work it out and find a happy medium," said Campbell.

Williamson said the plan for now is to try and meet with the Restaurant Association after Labor Day so the two groups can "heal their relationship."

As for next year, Campbell said the Restaurant Association has not decided how many, if any, fireworks shows they plan to hold.

The final fireworks show for this year will be held on the Sunday before Labor Day at 9 p.m. at the MarshWalk.