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How to be Safe with Fireworks

July 1, 2013
No matter what state you're in, firework safety is important to know

[Since this was published, fireworks have been legalized in Georgia. For up-to-date information, see our most recent fireworks post.]

Title 25 of the Official Code of Georgia prohibits the selling and using of fireworks without a license within the state of Georgia. However, in 2005 this was amended to allow sparklers to enter the public realm. 

Since fireworks are currently illegal in Georgia, it is recommended that you attend public displays where professionals with licenses are shooting the fireworks. If you travel outside of the state to places such as Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas or Florida to shoot your own fireworks, you should know what is legal or not in addition to some basic firework safety. 

Here are some general safety tips to keep in mind when dealing with fireworks.

  • Only buy fireworks from established retail stores.
  • If there is no label on it, don’t buy it.
  • Read all labels thoroughly.
  • Shoot fireworks outside in large open areas (don’t be near dry brush or debris).
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby and have a garden hose handy.
  • Identify a “designated shooter” who not only lights the fireworks but refrains from drinking alcohol while doing it.
  • Try not to use matches and instead use the long nosed lighters.
  • Don’t bend your body over the firework while lighting it.
  • Never relight a dud — let it cool for at least 15 minutes before touching it.
  • Don’t shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Enjoy the show from a safe distance.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.


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