Fireworks safety for the holiday weekend

COLUMBUS Ga. and PHENIX CITY Ala. – This Fourth of July is the first major holiday where people in Georgia can legally set off fireworks. The new law went into effect July first and allows anyone 18 or older to purchase fireworks.

People can shoot off fireworks at just about any time and wherever they’d like under the new law in Georgia. The law does not allow local governments to create restrictions on where fireworks can be used in Georgia.

A local fireworks stand employee wants people to stay safe over the holiday weekend.firework safety

“The spectators watching the fireworks, you want them at least 75 feet away from whoever is lighting the fireworks,” Chris Myers says. “That’s a good safe distance, more than that would be better.”

Myers also says people should not light more than one firework at once. He says people not reading directions on fireworks boxes can be dangerous.

Myers also says most accidents with fireworks happen when people are drinking alcohol.

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