No more trips across the border to Alabama to purchase fireworks for the Fourth of July. Georgia residents can get their fireworks closer to home and do so legally. One of the new laws to go into effect on July 1 legalizes the sale of consumer fireworks; just in time for the Fourth. HB110 allows an assortment of dazzling nighttime pyrotechnics to be sold to the public. TNT Fireworks, the largest distributor of fireworks in the country is ready to take advantage of the law. The company will have products available for sale at more than 250 locations throughout Georgia.
Some of the fireworks you can expect to see at a store near you; sky and bottle rockets, missile type rockets, aerial spinners, roman candles, reloadable, fire crackers, aerial and multi-aerial shells, and the always legal sparklers a staple in July Fourth celebrations.
In a statement, Tommy Glasgow president of TNT Fireworks said,
Consumer fireworks are an exciting addition to the options Georgians have for celebrating our nation’s independence, but it’s always important to keep safety top of mind.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11 people were killed and more than 10,000 injured because of fireworks.
Improperly handling fireworks could put people at risk of losing life and or limbs. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that body parts such as hands, fingers and arms or the most vulnerable to injury by fireworks.
Georgia’s new fireworks law means that more people will be putting on their own July Fourth displays; it also unfortunately means that there may be an increase in emergency room visits related to firework injuries. Anyone considering using fireworks should exercise due care when handling and igniting them.
Glasgow says, “We recommend using safety guidelines from the American Pyrotechnics Association to light up the sky,”
1. Always have a sober adult in charge
2. NEVER give fireworks or sparklers to young children
3. Only buy legal fireworks from a licensed seller
4. Read and follow the directions on the labels
5. NEVER carry a firework in your pocket or hold a lit firework in your hand
6. NEVER shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container
7. Keep spectators at a safe distance
8. Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks
9. Don’t aim or throw fireworks at another person
10. Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device – even when lighting
11. Only use consumer fireworks away from homes, buildings and dry grass – on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface, such as concrete, that is free from debris
12. Have a working garden hose and/or bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies
13. When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash can
14. Light only one firework at a time
15. NEVER approach or try to re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time
16. PROTECT YOUR PETS. Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your “best friends” by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises
17. Always check with your local city and county governments as there may be certain areas where consumer fireworks are not permitted
Before buying enough fireworks to rival Macy’s display in New York City, check with local authorities to make sure you don’t require a permit to set off certain types of fireworks in your municipality.