New Year's Fireworks: What's Legal?

What can you do and not do when it comes to fireworks in Florida?

Arthur Grubbs is preparing for the new year like he always does by selling fireworks. He's fully stocked and ready for his first day of business, but he doesn't have everything.

Anthony says, "Well, I have folks that come in everyday and ask for mortars and M80s, and vast majority of those is illegal in Florida."

If it explodes it is considered not a firework, but an explosive. State officials say that's a simple rule to follow when it comes to knowing what fireworks are illegal in the state of Florida. They advise those looking to light up the sky this New Year's to stick to fountains and sparklers.

Even still, there remains a danger.

Liz Compton with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says, "I know a lot of people like to get ‘em off on their backyard, but the fact is it's been very cold. We haven't had a lot of rain recently and it doesn't take long with these colder temps at night to draw the grass out."

It could start a major fire in which you would have to pay for any damage.

Grubbs says he makes buying fireworks easy for his customers. He only sells what's allowed.

Grubbs says, "Believe it or not, some people come in and say, ‘I only want what's legal, now don't sell me anything that will get me in trouble,’ and I say no problem here."

He then tells the customers to use common sense when lighting fireworks and to play it safe. Georgia rules for fireworks are similar to Florida's. Residents can only use sparklers, fountains, snappers and glow worms.


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