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Georgia law doesn’t allow powerful fireworks

Special to SEGAZINE

Donna Gray’s husband worked for two decades as a naval explosive ordnance disposal technician, but Wednesday the most powerful fireworks she could buy shoots only six feet in the air.

Gray could have been able to buy larger, more powerful fireworks to shoot off with her Twiggs County neighbors for July the Fourth if a bill legalizing them had not failed in the state Legislature during the last session.

Instead, Georgians such as Gray are limited in their Independence Day celebrations with less spectacular types of fireworks such as sparklers and fountains.

Logan Broadnax, who is selling fireworks at a tent at the corner of Riverside Drive and Pierce Avenue, said the bill’s passing would make her job much easier — especially since she works on commission.

“Either you’re going to buy them here or go out of (state) and buy it somewhere else,” Broadnax said.

Ralph Hudgens, Georgia’s insurance and safety fire commissioner, said he hopes residents won’t break the law by bringing back from other states illegal fireworks — ones that explode or shoot high into the air.

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