In 2015 fireworks became legal in the state of Georgia however there are some additional regulations you should be aware of.
First, Georgia law states it’s illegal to light fireworks while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The law also states you cannot shoot off fireworks within 100 yards of gas stations, jails, nursing homes and hospitals, and you must stop the use of fireworks by 11:59PM on Independence Day.
The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s website says over half of all fireworks injuries occur during the four-week period surrounding Independence Day. Approximately 7,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year for fireworks-related injuries and most those incidents involve children.
As we celebrate our country's Independence Day don't forget these helpful safety tips from Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King: