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Ga. Dept. of Insurance urges fireworks safety on New Year's


The Georgia Dept. of Insurance reminds residents that selling or using any kind of firework, except some kinds of sparklers, is prohibited in the state.

Violators face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail. Professional fireworks displays licensed through the local judge of probate court are permitted.  

According to the Ga. Dept. of Insurance, under Georgia law, the definition of prohibited fireworks does not include:

  • Wire or wood sparklers of 100 grams or less of mixture per item
  • Other sparkling items which are non-explosive and nonaerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical compound per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes
  • Snake and glow worms
  • Trick noise makers which include paper streamers
  • Party poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops each consisting of 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture

Sparklers are legal in Georgia, but should be used properly and with adult supervision, according to Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.    

He urged parents to remind children that if they find unexploded fireworks, they should never touch them and to call the local fire department immediately.  

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