12 On Your Side: New Years fireworks ordinances

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013

New Year's Eve
Experts are stressing the importance of staying safe while playing with fireworks during New Year's Eve celebrations. (WRDW-TV / Dec. 30, 2011)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Starting the new year out with a bang.

"Most people are up wanting to shoot fireworks themselves," said Cameron Daggett, who lives in Augusta.

In just two days, Daggett will get his shot to light up a new year.

"Everybody loves fireworks, everyone loves explosives in general, I guess," he said.

But he'll have to do it within reason at his home in Augusta.

City ordinances on the shooting of fireworks could put his fuse out. In Georgia, fireworks that "explode" in the air are illegal.
The fine up to $1000 and a year in jail.

Across the river in North Augusta, the laws aren't as strict.

"Majority of our calls are coming from noise complaints," said Sargent Maurice Ransom with North Augusta Public Safety.

It's ok to shoot fireworks just not in certain places.

"We're not discharging it near schools, churches, and so forth," said Ransom.

And before a certain time.

"Ten o'clock pm is our quiet time in the city and we would prefer that people quit discharging fireworks around that time," he said.

But both states want safety as a number one priority including fire safety.

"One went into the brush and at first I wasn't worried then I eventually saw smoke," said Daggett.

Ransoms response, "Dry grass or near wooded areas are not an ideal place."

And child safety.

"Never done with just the juveniles or kids that there's always some type of parental guidance," said Ransom.

For Daggett, he wants to ring in 2014 with that bang, but he'll keep a few rules in mind.

"Since we know that now, we will not do it by our church, so we'll figure something out," he said.