TNT Fireworks in Georgia!
Fourth of July celebrations in Georgia got a little bit brighter last year, when the state legalized consumer fireworks like Roman Candles, Bottle Rockets and Sky Rockets. Thanks to the new legislation, in 2016 Georgia residents can purchase their TNT Fireworks at locations across the state, including more than 100 TNT stands operated by volunteers and nonprofit organizations like schools, civic groups and churches.
Don’t forget to check the time! Georgia allows fireworks to be used until midnight on July 4, but on all other nights, the use of fireworks is forbidden after 9 p.m. Check with your city or council to find out the exact rules in your area, and be considerate of your neighbors.
The president of TNT Fireworks, Tony Glasgow, recommends that all users refer to the guidelines from the American Pyrotechnics Association when using fireworks, including the following tips:
• Never consume alcohol when using fireworks.
• Never let children handle fireworks or sparklers.
• Read and follow the directions on the labels. The vast majority of injuries result from the misuse of fireworks.
• Only buy legal fireworks from a licensed seller. An estimated 40 percent of fireworks-related injuries are caused by federally banned illegal explosives such as M-80s, Quartersticks and other homemade explosive devices.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place, out of the reach of children and pets.
• Never carry a firework in your pocket or hold a lit firework in your hand.
• Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container.
• Keep spectators at a safe distance.
• Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks.
• Don’t aim or throw fireworks at another person.
• Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device – even when lighting.
• Only use consumer fireworks away from homes, buildings and dry grass – on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface, such as concrete, that is free from debris.
• Have a working garden hose and/or bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.
• When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash container.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never approach or try to re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.
• Protect your pets. Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your “best friends” by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises.
• Always check with your local city and county governments as there may be certain areas where consumer fireworks are not permitted.
In case you’re wondering what types of fireworks you’ll find for sale in Georgia, the consumer fireworks legal in the state include the following:
• Sky Rockets and Bottle Rockets
• Missile-Type Rockets
• Helicopter and Aerial Spinners
• Roman Candles
• Multi-Aerial Mine and Shell Devices
• Aerial Shell Kits