GA laws sends people across the state line to buy fireworks

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - 4th of July celebrations are already lighting across the country. Fire officials here in the peach state are reminding folks that many fireworks are still illegal in Georgia.

The sale and use of most types of fireworks, including firecrackers, skyrockets, and cherry bombs, are still illegal in Georgia and punishable by a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.

"I see a lot of people from Georgia, California, New York, all over the place," said Jasmine Jones, sales associated at Wacky Wayne's Fireworks in North Augusta. "They buy things they can't get in their state. Basically the artillery, the roman candles and the bottled rockets they can't get where they're from."
Jones said she's been working for the store for five years and she sees people cross the border into the Palmetto State everyday to buy fireworks that can't be bought or used in other places. If they're over the age of 16 with a valid state license, there's nothing they can do about it.
"We'll we can legally sell to anybody," Jones said. "What they do, when they leave here is basically what they do with them."
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says thousands of people are sent to the emergency room every year because of fireworks-related injuries and if you want to get the best of fireworks, go to a professional show. While sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks are legal in Georgia, Hudgens said be extremely cautious when you're using them, and make sure there's adult supervision at all times. Jones added that directions should always be read, and followed closely.
"Usually on each firework, it states the precautions and how to handle the fireworks," said Jones. "It shows you how to light it properly and how to dispose of it properly which we recommend that you use the fireworks on a level ground and in an open area."

Georgia's recently passed law states that the definition of prohibited fireworks shall not include: "Wire or wood sparklers of 100 grams or less of mixture per item; other sparkling items which are non explosive and non aerial 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."

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