By: Eames Yates
March 6, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Georgia's state Senate approved a measure on Tuesday to put the question of whether to allow explosive fireworks up for a public vote. But folks in Valdosta are already weighing in.
One local resident, Lamar Williams, said "enough fireworks entertainment is around the city itself done by professionals so I'll leave it to them."
Another resident, Carl Bowles, said "I believe it should be twenty one and up for fireworks. And the money that we get back from fireworks should go to the fire fighters."
That's exactly the plan. Some of the money would go to the fire departments. The rest would go to trauma care for burn victims.
Georgia could raise as much as $10 million dollars a year from the sale of fireworks.
Georgia currently allows the sale of more basic fireworks like sparklers and glow worms, but illegal fireworks like roman candles and rockets are already finding their way into the state.
Valdosta's Fire Chief, J.D. Rice, said "if you live close to the border of Florida or Alabama or Tennassee or South Carolina people are going to cross the border and buy those fireworks anyway."
Valdosta's fire chief says the benefit to legalization would be that the cash generated from the sales would stay in Georgia.
The bill still needs to be passed by Georgia's House of Representatives. Once that happens, it will be placed on the ballot.