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Fourth of July firework sales, laws

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Coastal Empire and Lowcountry are gearing up for Independence Day, but when it comes to fireworks, laws are drastically different on the two sides of the Savannah River.

One firework in South Carolina stand is run by the Levy South Carolina fire department. It raises funds to buy fire trucks and gear for the department, but the chief said most people who buy there aren't from Levy. They're from as far away as Atlanta and Macon.

"Most of our customers come from Georgia. But it's illegal. I haven't heard of anyone getting arrested for it over there," Chief Doug Graham said. 

Fire officials in Chatham County said most of the time police just ask people to stop shooting illegal fireworks or take them away.

"Georgia has a very narrow field of what is allowed which makes it difficult for us because we are a border area," Chief Wade Simmons said. 

A very limited number of fireworks are legal in Georgia.

Anything that makes a loud bang is banned. Snap pops are OK, but anything that shoots up in the air is banned. Also banned is anything that shoots projectiles, like tiny helicopters or parachuting army men. Bottle Rockets and Roman Candles are a big no-no.

"We'll run half a dozen or a dozen calls on the Fourth of July for fireworks," Simmons said. 

Georgia does allow a few fireworks. things like snap pops, or colorful fountains that don't shoot off the ground.

Levy's fire chief defends his state's practice of selling nearly every firecracker legal in the U.S. 

Fire officials on both sides of the state line said it's important to have water around whenever you're lighting fireworks

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