During the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation which legalizes consumer fireworks to be sold and to be used in the State of Georgia and provides parameters for how such consumer fireworks can be sold and used. These consumer fireworks are the larger fireworks that have been sold in some of our neighboring states, such as Tennessee and Alabama, for a number of years. Through this legislation the state not only legalized the sale and use of such fireworks in the state but also placed numerous regulations concerning places which may sell such fireworks and areas which such fireworks may be utilized.
Since the passage of HB 110 and the subsequent HB 727 GMA has received numerous inquiries into what local governments may do to regulate businesses which sell fireworks and people who may use such consumer fireworks. The law only provides for local control of location through zoning ordinances and only allows local governments to regulate temporary fireworks stands while the more permanent buildings are to be regulated by the state. As a result, GMA has not developed a model ordinance as such local control is very limited. Instead, GMA has provided researched responses through a factsheet and a list of frequently asked questions.
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This document should not be taken as legal advice. If a city has any further questions, it should consult with its city attorney.