If you buy a fireworks from Alabama or some other state that explode or shoot high into the air, you will be violating state law if you use them in Georgia.
That is the message Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine brought to Columbus Tuesday afternoon as he lit four legal fireworks at a Columbus fire station.
He said if people who use fireworks on the Fourth of July or other holidays follow two simple rules they will likely remain within Georgia law.
“It is explodes it’s illegal,” Oxendine said point to firecrackers and cherry bombs as examples. “If it is an aerial device that goes 100 feet or more in the air — a bottle rocket or a Roman candle — it’s illegal.”
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Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services Deputy Chief Greg Lang participated in the exhibit with Oxendine.
Because of next week’s holiday, fireworks safety is a hot topic.
“This is a good time to bring the story up,” Lang said.
In 2005, the Georgia General Assembly legalized non-explosive fireworks. They are sold at a number of outlets including grocery stores and department stores.
“At the time I opposed it,” Oxendine said. “But in retrospect, I think it has become a better safer alternative.”