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Fireworks In Paulding County: What You Should Know

(Paulding County, GA) As we all get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday, many of you will have cookouts, pool parties, maybe catch a baseball game or even shoot some fireworks. But do you know what the law says about discharging fireworks?
What you may not know is that the Georgia General Assembly changed the times on when you can legally ignite fireworks last year. The new law went into effect on July 1, 2018.Fireworks Laws 2019 ImageNow you can legally discharge fireworks in the State of Georgia any day from 10:00 AM until 11:59 PM unless there is a local ordinance that prohibits them from being discharged that late. Every county is different, but Paulding County DOES NOT currently have an ordinance which outlines when fireworks can be ignited. With that being said, in Paulding County, we adhere to what state law says. See OCGA 25-10-2 below for a full overview of the law.
As a point of clarification, it is illegal to use fireworks within 100 yards of any of the following locations no matter what time of day it is:

  • -Electric Plant
  • -Water Treatment Plant
  • -Waste-Water Treatment Plant
  • -Gas Station or Refinery
  • -Electric Substation
  • -Jail or Prison
  • -Helipad
  • -Hospital
  • -Nursing Home
  • -Other Healthcare Facility

You cannot discharge fireworks in any park, historic site, or other state property. You also cannot discharge fireworks while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and you have to be 18 years old to purchase them. The below link has several quick facts to help keep you in the know about the current fireworks laws in Georgia.
https://georgia.gov OCGA 25-10-2: Prohibited fireworks activities; application of noise ordinances