Georgia Legislature Approves Sale of Fireworks
Both Houses have now passed and sent to the Governor’s desk a bill legalizing the sale of fireworks.
The Georgia House agreed to changes made in the Senate.
That’s despite concerns by some members that fireworks can be dangerous.
If the Governor signs it, North Georgia leaders are looking at the bill as a possible revenue source.
Dade County Commissioner Ted Rumley pointed-out that selling fireworks was legal in the 50’s and 60’s.
TED RUNLEY, CHAIRMAN, DADE COUNTY COMMISSION
"I know there needs to be strict supervision from the parents..you know, for children and grownups need to use common sense when using fireworks, but I think it will be a good thing and its something that I don’t know how much revenue, as far as revenue generator it would be..but I don’t have a problem with it at all myself."
Right now, East Ridge is a major source of fireworks for north Georgia residents.
Other stores in Marion county are accessible to Georgia and Alabama shoppers.
Senator Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga told colleagues that fireworks can be dangerous, "but so is walking across the street."