Fireworks Fun: What’s Legal in GA vs. What’s Legal in SC - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Fireworks Fun: What’s Legal in GA vs. What’s Legal in SC

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We all know the 4th of July is tomorrow and many of you will be purchasing fireworks if you haven't already done so.

But for those living close to the Georgia - South Carolina border, what's legal and what's not?

Sheila Parker has details.

There are some big differences between the states of Georgia and South Carolina - regarding what fireworks are legally allowed.

In the State of Georgia basically you can not have a big pyrotechnic device that has an airborne projectile or has a report or explosion.

Only the ones allowed here should be sold in local retailers - but what if you're shopping across the bridge?

The City of Savannah Fire Marshal says the labeling should be clear...a small sticker that reads "safe and sane" should be on those considered legal in Georgia...but that's not all.

He says, "Basically, the fireworks that you can get in Georgia - the labeling is different, you can see that the packaging in particular is labeled very clearly - caution - very clearly marked safe and sane."

If the package reads "warning", rather than "caution" - that's something that may be legal in South Carolina - but is not allowed in Georgia.

"The items that you can easily purchase by driving cross the bridge into South Carolina can get you into trouble legally in the State of Georgia - they do emit fireballs like this roman candle, they do have airborne objects that can fly a great distance and ignite other combustible materials."

The sale and use of illegal fireworks in Georgia is punishable by a maximum fine of up to 1-thousand dollars and up to one year in jail.

But authorities say using any fireworks - even the ones legally allowed here - come with risks.

"They can still cause burns - if you handle them, if you pick them up.

They can ignite your clothing, they will emit showers of sparks that can injure your eyes - they can burn your skin."

Though there are fewer restrictions, not all fireworks are legal in South Carolina.


Large explosive firecrackers like M-80s and Cherry Bombs *are* illegal.

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