Fireworks Bill Fizzles In Georgia Senate

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The Georgia Senate has tabled a bill that would have legalized the sale of fireworks in the state.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jay Roberts of Ocilla was apparently killed Tuesday for the session without objection.

Roberts had argued that all states surrounding Georgia except North Carolina allow fireworks sales.

The bill passed the House 119-49. It would have required fireworks companies or nonprofits using the sales as a fundraiser to be licensed. Sales would have been limited to people 18 years or older. Several lawmakers in the House expressed concerns about injuries to children caused by fireworks.

Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, told colleagues he had received some amendments to the bill, which needed to be studied.

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