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Fireworks Usage in Cobb County UPDATE!

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July 3, 2021

We receive a lot of questions about the use of fireworks around each holiday, including the Fourth of July.  Many call 911 to report what they believe is the unlawful use of fireworks in their neighborhoods.  Here is some information surrounding the law and fireworks safety.

Cobb County Code bans the use of fireworks from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. This is spelled out in the county’s code under the noise ordinances. Violations are a misdemeanor offense and you can view the noise ordinances by going here:  Cobb County Noise Ordinance

However, the state legislature has spelled out several exemptions to the county code in O.C.G.A. § 25-10-1 et seq. This allows exemptions to county ordinances for use of fireworks on specific dates and times.

  • December 31 (New Year’s Eve) - Fireworks may be discharged until 1 a.m.
  • January 1 (New Year’s Day) - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.
  • The last Saturday and Sunday in May - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.
  • July 3 - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.
  • July 4 - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.
  • The first Monday in September - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.

To view the Georgia code section regarding fireworks visit:  O.C.G.A. § 25-10-2

Fireworks in County Parks -- Pyrotechnics are prohibited at ALL county parks per County Ordinance § 90-63. 

Sec. 90-63. – Restricted or Prohibited Uses of Park Facilities

  1. Pyrotechnics prohibited

   It shall be unlawful for any persons to possess, display, use, set off, or ignite any firecracker, fireworks, smoke bombs, rockets, or other pyrotechnics.

Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services teamed up with the Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner to highlight the safe use of fireworks around the Fourth of July holiday and at other times.

You can watch that news conference AND a demonstration of fireworks dangers by clicking here

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