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Fireworks? Approved. in Georgia

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Just in time for Independence Day weekend, aerial fireworks are legal in Georgia. While low-grade fireworks have been legal in Georgia, aerial fireworks such as missile-type rockets and bottle rockets, aerial spinners, roman candles and firecrackers have been illegal.The newly legal fireworks can only be sold from permanent structures and by licensed fireworks dealers. Now Georgia residents won’t have to sneak off to surrounding states to “get a big one” for this explosive holiday. Every neighboring state except North Carolina allows fireworks sales. Although the law has been passed, it’s come with an additional set of rules for Georgians to abide by.

Midnight is the latest to set off fireworks, except for July 3 and 4, December 31, and January 1. On these dates they are allowed to go off until 2 a.m. There is a 5% tax on the purchase of fireworks on top of all other taxes.You must be 18 to buy them. Oddly enough, 16- and 17-year-olds can “possess or transport” and “sell or offer to sell” fireworks if assisting a licensed distributor. Passing this law is predicted to create 1,500 jobs. More than 350 stores across the state are licensed to sell fireworks beginning July 1. Consumers should look for a state-issued license on display wherever they shop.

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