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Fireworks big business for SC retailers during New Year's

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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) -

New Year's means many families will get together for some fireworks fun, and that means booming business for those who sell them.

Fireworks retailers in South Carolina have stocked up for the New Year's holiday.

With the state of Georgia still prohibiting the sale of fireworks, businesses in the Palmetto State are taking advantage, drawing customers over the river.

"We have a lot of people take the fireworks back to Georgia, and enjoy them in Georgia," says Fireworks Giant owner Kent Phillips. "I think most people just like them."

Laws regarding fireworks differ in both states.

GEORGIA:

The state of Georgia prohibits fireworks except for "wire or wood sparklers of 100 grams or less of mixture per item; other sparkling items which are nonexplosive and nonaerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical compound per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes; snake and glow worms; trick noise makers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops each consisting of 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture." (Source: Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner)


SOUTH CAROLINA:

Most fireworks are legal in the state of South Carolina, except for types such as cherry bombs and M-80's.

It is illegal for anyone under 16 years old to purchase fireworks.

Sometimes, city and county regulations vary. You should check with your local government to be sure.

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