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Posted on: December 29, 2016

Information on the State of Georgia Fireworks Law

GA Fireworks Law

Governor Deal lifted the November Fireworks Ban.  Here are a few highlights of the law that went into affect July of 2016:

1. Fireworks can be set off until midnight on July 3rd and 4th. Those are special provisions only for the 4th of July holiday. That deadline for New Year's Eve is until 1:00 AM on New Year's only. Every other day of the year, the hours are restricted to allow fireworks between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm. 

2. No fireworks are allowed in any public road, right-of-way, or park.

3. The law bans setting off fireworks within 100 yards of various specific locations. Those locations include "quiet places" like a hospital, nursing home, or prison.  It also includes fire danger locations like electric plants, water treatment facilities, and gas stations.

4. It’s illegal to use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol and if you’re under the age of 18. The law doesn't set a specific BAC, but sets the limit at "where a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that it is unsafe for such person to use or explode fireworks". Under the law, 16 and 17-year-old can transport fireworks is working for a licensed fireworks distributor, but only those 18 and older can ignite fireworks. And no one under the age of 16 is allowed to possess consumer fireworks. 

Above all have a safe and very Happy New Year!

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