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Old 06-25-2007, 08:16 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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This is just a note to those who live in the city limits of Powder Springs, or those just now moving into the area - fireworks are currently banned.

Earlier in the week the city council passed an emergency ordinance to ban the personal use of fireworks, some model rockets, and toy guns that create sparks. Basically, anything that sparks, fires, booms, or cracks. The extreme drought conditions in the area have created some very possible fire dangers. Fireworks can set off brush fires that can spread very quickly, as well as set off rooftop fires, etc.

Frankly, I also think a small part of the ordinance is also related to noise issues - kids in the area tend to have parents who buy those "mega packs" of fireworks for them long before a holiday, and the kids set the things off in the streets during the day when the folks are at work. Technically, only things like sparklers were made legal in Georgia a couple of years ago - actual firecrackers, bottle rockets, and cherry bombs are NOT legal. But parents will buy the large sparkler packs locally and then cross state lines to buy the kind that "boom" loudly or shoot off 50 feet into the air (illegal here), and then claim ignorance if they are questioned about it.

So far the City sponsored 4th of July celebration near downtown seems like it's still a "go", as the fire department will be handy for that particular event if there are any fire troubles. It's best to check with the city right before the 4th to make sure. Either way, fines WILL be issued to those setting off fireworks as of NOW onward, FYI.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:10 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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UPDATE: I've heard that the city has also cancelled the 4th fireworks that they put on as well. Not 100% confirmed, but I've been told by two people so it appears that's the verdict so far.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:16 PM
 
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I think Roswell is going to go ahead and have fireworks on the 4th.
Assuming they will have fireworks in Centennial Park and Stone Mt and/or Lenox, Lake Lanier --maybe a few other places. That should be enough.

Kids really should not have access to such things.

It was a 'Great Big Deal' in my family--no fireworks around children. We could have a few sparklers--closely supervised.

Seems like my uncle would get cherry bombs from South Carolina or Alabama and we could stand a safe distance away and only watch.

I agree with that piece of legislation--certain there were horrible accidents that prompted it.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I agree with that piece of legislation--certain there were horrible accidents that prompted it.
Pretty much all towns that are stopping them are doing so due to the dry conditions. Fireworks, even one simple firecrackers, really CAN set off a brush fire quickly which can spread very fast.

You really have to wonder what was going through Governor Perdue's mind a couple of years back when he signed the thing that make even some fireworks legal here. Someone I know who works at an area news station said they do have it on their list of possible stories to investigate to see if he has any relatives or "buddies" who are in the fireworks business, which would explain a lot. Either way, they're dangerous to use, a fire hazard in drought conditions, and when not being used strictly on holidays, are noise pollution.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:48 AM
 
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Pretty much all towns that are stopping them are doing so due to the dry conditions. Fireworks, even one simple firecrackers, really CAN set off a brush fire quickly which can spread very fast.

You really have to wonder what was going through Governor Perdue's mind a couple of years back when he signed the thing that make even some fireworks legal here. Someone I know who works at an area news station said they do have it on their list of possible stories to investigate to see if he has any relatives or "buddies" who are in the fireworks business, which would explain a lot. Either way, they're dangerous to use, a fire hazard in drought conditions, and when not being used strictly on holidays, are noise pollution.
Good to know--I can no longer keep up with the changes in legislation.

All the noises scare my dog and all the other dogs and the drivers really need to be monitored very closely. I don't enjoy hearing that nothing can be done --I can tell you that.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:26 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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UPDATE: I've heard that the city has also cancelled the 4th fireworks that they put on as well. Not 100% confirmed, but I've been told by two people so it appears that's the verdict so far.
UPDATE 2: I just confirmed with the City Hall that the City sponsored fireworks display *IS* still on schedule and will take place on the evening of the 4th. It appeared they were considering canceling it as well, and one local news agency reported that they had, but they were incorrect - the city display is still on.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:55 AM
 
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Dang people! How OLD are you? Let the kids enjoy their fireworks for heaven's sake!
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:21 AM
 
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I think Powder Springs should ban Quilt murals.
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