Planning on setting off fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July? The sale and personal use of fireworks is legal in Georgia, but there are some caveats and limitations on when and where you can set off fireworks.
How late can you shoot fireworks? Georgians can set off fireworks on normal days and certain holidays until 11:59 p.m., including the Fourth of July, provided local authorities haven’t issued a general noise ordinance. Fireworks are also allowed statewide until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to 2018 legislation. Regardless of local legislation, the use of fireworks is legal until 11:59 p.m. on the last Saturday and Sunday in May corresponding with Memorial Day, on July 3 and July 4 and on Labor Day. Note that if there is a drought, the Governor can forbid the use of any and all fireworks.
What fireworks can you shoot in Georgia? In 2016, the state legalized the use and sale of fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, sky rockets, sparklers, smoke and punk, fountains, missiles, novelties, crackle and strobe, parachutes, wheels, spinners, sky flyers, display shells and mortars.
Where can you NOT light fireworks in Georgia? Some private communities may prohibit fireworks, so be sure to check your complex laws. Remember, it’s illegal to use fireworks within 100 yards of an electric plant, water treatment plant, waste-water treatment plant, gas station, refinery, electric substation, jail or prison, helipad, hospital, nursing home or other health care facility. It’s also illegal to set off fireworks within any park, historic site, recreational area or other state property.
Donalsonville Fire Department Chief Dean King offers the following fireworks safety suggestions: purchase fireworks from a licensed fireworks dealer; observe all state laws regarding the use of fireworks; read the labels carefully before igniting any fireworks; ensure that an adult supervises all firework activities; never allow children to ignite fireworks; wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks; light only one firework at a time; only use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles; never try to relight a firework; have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby and use caution with pets and all animals. Excitement, noise, and lights can cause fear and stress.
For more on laws governing the use of fireworks in Georgia, contact your police or fire department. To find a licensed fireworks dealer in your area, call 800-656-2298.