In Georgia, all fireworks classified as DOT 1.4G (consumer fireworks) are legal to purchase and use as stated in the Georgia General Assembly House Bill 727. Consumer fireworks you can legally buy in retail stores across Georgia include:
- Bottle Rockets
- Sky Rockets
- Roman Candles
- Smoke and Punk
- Crackle and Strobe
- Wheels and Spinners
- Sky Flyers
- Display Shells
- Aerial Items (Cakes)
You have to be 18 years old or older to buy fireworks. While the law doesn’t stipulate an exact age for igniting them, keep in mind that the majority of injuries happen to kids under the age of 16. It is illegal to light fireworks under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Fireworks were really meant to be enjoyed during the holidays — particularly the Fourth of July and New Years. Legally, you can only ignite fireworks up until a certain hour depending on the holiday. The legal time frame of when fireworks are allowed are:
New Years: until 1a.m.
Fourth of July: until midnight
Any other day: Not after 9p.m.
While it may be legal to set off fireworks at your home, check to see what the laws are for your particular neighborhood. Private communities like HOAs, condos or apartment complexes may not allow fireworks at all. Others may allow only a designated spot for lighting fireworks like a parking lot, field or a pool area.
Georgia has some places where fireworks are banned. Do not light fireworks on roads or highways. It is also illegal to light fireworks within 100 yards of a:
- Nursing home
- Nuclear power plant
- Gas station or refinery
If you have been received a ticket under Georgia fireworks law, we may be able to help you. Amircani Law of Atlanta, GA, provides clients with exceptional service and representation for a range of traffic, criminal defense, and auto/motorcycle accident solutions. If you are eligible under the Georgia First Offender Act to receive leniency, we will aggressively pursue your rights to make sure you obtain the best outcome possible.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, State Parks, and Historic Sites, fireworks are strictly prohibited in state parks. Use of fireworks in other public parks is also prohibited unless you have a special license.
Keep in mind that while they may be legal, consumer fireworks are considered hazardous materials (hazmat) division 1.4G explosives. Be mindful of the laws when purchasing and lighting them off to ensure the safety of everyone.