The Fourth of July is here! This Independence Day, the state of Georgia is set on keeping everyone safe as they light up the night.
For all of you pyromaniacs out there, think twice about the fireworks you plan on purchasing and shooting off in your Atlanta communities. Law enforcement will be paying especially close attention to the firework activity this year.
Essentially, the Peach State’s rule of thumb is “If it flies, do not buy!” Acceptable fireworks in Georgia include wire or wood sparklers, snake and glow worms, trick noise makers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers and drop pops.
It might come as a surprise, but the use of the following fireworks is illegal in Georgia. It’s even illegal to sell them. If caught with the goods, offenders could be punished by a fine of $1,000 and up to a year of jail time.
- Sky rockets
- Roman candles
- Cherry bombs
If you do plan to use fireworks to add a little bang to your celebration, safety first! Be sure to follow these smart tips:
- Read and follow instructions to the letter.
- Be selective and buy from reliable sellers.
- Check the quality of the fireworks before buying, including the expiration date! Old ones might pose safety hazards or misfire.
- Have a hose handy.
- Never re-light a firework that doesn’t go off. Soak it in water and throw it away.
- Do not point fireworks at others.
Most importantly, have fun, avoid trouble with the law and enjoy being free!
Which fireworks are you planning to set off with your friends and family this Independence Day? Are the Georgia laws too strict or right on? Let us know what you think!