CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The City of Savannah is following suit with other municipalities in Chatham County by looking at limiting the areas where aerial fireworks are sold in the community.
House Bill 1-10 was passed and went into effect this past July, allowing for the commercial sale of large, aerial fireworks and usage during certain hours and days. But under that law, municipalities can dictate where those fireworks are sold.
The amendment reviewed by council Thursday would limit the sales of consumer fireworks to business and industrial areas, away from residential zones.
"It was my opinion that it was not a good idea to have fireworks sales in the types of convenient stores that you all are having problems with, and neighborhood convenient stores and stuff like that," said Savannah City Attorney Brooks Stillwell.
The amendment originally called for a 500-foot buffer zone between firework stores and homes. Council changed that to a 1000-foot buffer. With that change, council approved the Metropolitan Planning Commission recommendation.