Fireworks: Laws and Safety tips

Fireworks: Laws and safety tips, part 1
House Bill 419 is now in effect as of July 1, and Columbia County residents are expected to keep them in mind as they celebrate the holiday.

The law states people are able to use fireworks on any day beginning at the time of 10 a.m. until the time of 11:59 p.m.

On January 1 of each year, Columbia County residents gain an hour; the beginning time of midnight up to 1 a.m.
It has not been announced if Richmond County will follow suit on House Bill 419; the law gives the local government the authority to make the decision.
Columbia County  officials also have some safety tips for residents for the holiday:
  • It is best to not use fireworks at home-- instead, attend a public fireworks display and leave the lighting to the professional
  • Children and pets should be looked after at all times around fireworks. Do not give fireworks to kids, let them hold a glow stick
  • Do not light fireworks indoors or near dry grass
  • Always stand several feet away from fireworks
  • Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby
  • The safest place for pets is indoors
  • If you have an outside pet, make sure it is placed inside a closed fence or gate during the fireworks
  • Do not take pets to firework events. Pets do not enjoy loud booms and flashing lights and could possibly run away if they are scared

CSRA (WFXG) - Before you pull out the cash to buy fireworks, remember there is an age restriction. It depends on where you live in the CSRA. Georgia and South Carolina have different laws. In South Carolina, the legal age to buy fireworks is sixteen but in Georgia, the age is eighteen.

The age restriction is there to protect young people from danger and injuries.

Whether you are in South Carolina or Georgia, the laws and safety tips are given to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe celebration this week.

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