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Old 06-27-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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Is it legal to light fireworks in the residential areas in Atlanta? I live in an apartment in Fulton county.
I would like to do in the apartment community. I checked with my apartment management and they said I can't do it in their property.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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Any kind of fireworks that shoot into the sky or explode are not legal (only sparklers, fountains, etc are allowed).

That being said on holidays like the 4th or New Years tons of people shoot illegal fireworks and the police rarely enforce the laws against that unless you are endangering someone or making a huge unwanted scene.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:09 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Not only is it illegal and can land you fined or in jail, but also increases the risk of starting a fire. July is often the driest month of the year.

If you want to watch your money go up in smoke, please go to another state to do it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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Not only is it illegal and can land you fined or in jail, but also increases the risk of starting a fire. July is often the driest month of the year.

If you want to watch your money go up in smoke, please go to another state to do it.
Seriously, how many people go to jail in this state for lighting off some fireworks on the 4th?
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Seriously, how many people go to jail in this state for lighting off some fireworks on the 4th?
A few years ago during part of a drought, some locals set off fireworks in my town even though due to the dry conditions it was published it was not allowed. One of their "mega bomb whatevers" landed in a neighbor's yard, caught his grass on fire, and did damage to his siding. A night in jail for them, fines, and a lawsuit from the neighbor.

So yeah, it does happen.

Fact: We're already 5+ inches behind this year on rainfall. We're about to enter several days of 100+ degree heat and no real rain in sight for over a week. July 4th will be among the driest and hottest on record for a long time. If you need to see things go boom, go to an organized fireworks event in your local town or the closest one that's still doing it (some of them are canceling them).
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Seriously, how many people go to jail in this state for lighting off some fireworks on the 4th?


Not nearly enough.

I suppose the police/fire are too busy dealing with the drunks and their aftermath.
They could make a ton of cash citing and/or jailing the people that break the law.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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A few years ago during part of a drought, some locals set off fireworks in my town even though due to the dry conditions it was published it was not allowed. One of their "mega bomb whatevers" landed in a neighbor's yard, caught his grass on fire, and did damage to his siding. A night in jail for them, fines, and a lawsuit from the neighbor.

So yeah, it does happen.
yeah, that would fall under the "unless you are endangering someone" that I mentioned in my first post. If you set something on fire or endanger someone's life, you may see some police activity, but absent that there's virtually zero chance you will be going to jail.

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If you need to see things go boom, go to an organized fireworks event in your local town or the closest one that's still doing it (some of them are canceling them).
Well I have no problem with that and that is in fact what I do.

I'm just saying I see hundreds of people setting off fireworks around me every 4th and I've never seen anyone taken to jail over it.

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Old 06-28-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If the "fireworks" in my neighborhood on New Year's Eve are any indication of what happens on July 4, I may elect to be elsewhere. Remember, folks, what goes up must come down.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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If the "fireworks" in my neighborhood on New Year's Eve are any indication of what happens on July 4, I may elect to be elsewhere. Remember, folks, what goes up must come down.
Yep, and I have seen the police arrest people for shooting off their firearms. Usually, the police bolt after people in the city limits, where it is easier to get to them.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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I am a little confused about GA's fireworks laws. It seems that the laws regarding fireworks have not changed in many years. However, there has been a huge growth in the sale of fireworks within the state over the past several years. It seems that these fireworks do not fire projectiles into the air. Rather, they simply shoot sparks at very low altitudes (e.g. no more than a dozen feet or so.) Perhaps these fireworks are classified as sparklers?
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