One Georgia lawmaker believes the state is missing out on millions of dollars in potential tax revenue this Independence Day. Senator Jeff Mullis, R–Chickamauga, proposed legislation this year that would legalize the sale of fireworks in Georgia. The bill did not make it past the Senate, but Mullis said he plans to pick the issue up again during the 2014 session.
The mayor of Albany said officials are looking for ways to clamp down on unruly teenagers after violence marred the July 4th fireworks in the southwest Georgia city. Authorities blames most of the violence on unsupervised teenagers.
Two workers setting up fireworks for the Fourth of July display in Woodstock have been injured. Also, a boatload of fireworks on a lake in Villa Rica went up all at once near the VFW post, injuring two men preparing for the show.
Athens is bringing back its biggest Fourth of July fireworks display a year after the celebration got canceled because of budget woes. Corporate donors have stepped up to help the city fund the Star-Spangled Classic.
As counties across the state celebrate Independence Day with professional fireworks displays, local police are on the lookout for people setting off illegal fireworks. But law enforcement officials say the ban can be tough to enforce.
Camden County has issued a state of emergency banning people from using fireworks in anticipation of July 4th celebrations. With a drought characterized as “extreme,” the county hopes to avoid fires. Wildfires have already burned a quarter million acres this year in south Georgia.