Georgia Senate passes bill for sale of fireworks
The recently passed House Bill 110 will legalize the sale of fireworks in the state of Georgia, keeping nearly $700 million dollars worth of revenue in the peach state.
“Selling fireworks in the State of Georgia will not only be a convenience for consumers, but it will also boost our economy, rather than boosting the economy of Georgia's s neighboring states," Senator Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) said.
The passing of House Bill 110 means the addition of approximately 1000 new jobs coming to Georgia. The Bill will allow Georgia to be competitive with surrounding states and receive the economic benefits of fireworks sales.
According to the American Pyrotechnic Association, revenues from consumer fireworks sales were approximately $675 million in 2014, up from $600 million in 2006.
House Bill 110 allows Georgians to more conveniently buy fireworks in the state while making sure they are handled in a responsible manner.
Currently, anyone 16 or 17 years of age may possess and participate in the sale of fireworks only if employed by a retailer licensed by the Safety Fire Commission, but individuals must be 18 years of age in order to buy and use fireworks.
HB 110 is now awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's approval and signature.