It carves out exceptions to allow the use of fireworks until 1 a.m. on New Year's and midnight on Fourth of July. The measure, House Bill 727, also bans people from igniting fireworks on roads and highways and within 100 yards of a hospital, nursing home and prisons. It took effect immediately.
Under the previous law passed in 2015, Georgians could explode fireworks until midnight through most of the year and until 2 a.m. on those two holidays. That law for the first time made it legal to sell, buy and possess fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars.