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Understanding fireworks regulations in Gwinnett County

Gwinnett residents can responsibly enjoy fireworks year round by following some regulations meant to preserve peace and safety. 

In 2015, the use and sale of fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and mortars was legalized in Georgia. However, House Bill 727 limits when and where fireworks can be used.

Georgia law allows its residents and visitors to set off fireworks between 10:00am and 9:00pm. On special occasions, those hours are extended.

  • On July 3 and 4, fireworks can be set off until midnight.
  • On New Year’s Eve, fireworks can be set off through midnight and until 1:00am on January 1.

Local governments in Georgia cannot ban the use of fireworks, but they can extend hours, regulate where fireworks are sold through zoning, and enact taxes on sales.

The use of fireworks is forbidden on roads and highways, in parks, and within 100 yards of a hospital, nursing home, or prison.

Fireworks are not permitted to be ignited within 100 yards of fire danger locations, including gas stations, electric plants, airports, public or private electric substations, and water treatment facilities. Anyone who violates this regulation is liable for any damage caused by the fireworks.

Authorities recommend leaving fireworks to professionals. However, all fireworks classified as consumer fireworks (those that meet certain criteria regarding composition, quantity, and stability of pyrotechnic material) are legal to purchase and use. Consumer fireworks include:

  • Bottle rockets
  • Sky rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Firecrackers
  • Sparklers
  • Smoke and punk
  • Fountains
  • Missiles
  • Novelties
  • Crackle and strobe
  • Parachutes
  • Wheels and spinners
  • Sky flyers
  • Display shells
  • Aerial items (cakes)

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol. It is also illegal to ignite fireworks if you are under the age of 18. Furthermore, no one under the age of 16 is allowed to possess consumer fireworks.  

If you do decide to purchase and use consumer fireworks, please read over our safety tips here prior to setting them off to keep your family, friends, and community safe during the celebration.