From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 5 PENS Police Email Notification System
Independence Day Special issue July 2018
This is the Independence Day Special Issue PENS, Police Email Notification System, update from Precinct 5. This bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 5 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU5) to provide you with the laws and safety concerns surrounding the 4th of July celebrations.
We want to wish you a happy Independence Day, as we all celebrate the freedoms and opportunities that this great country enables each of us to have. At the same time, we want to remind you to have safe 4th of July celebrations. Do not drive under the influence and do not set off fireworks under the influence.
This may be a surprising statement for most of you, but DO NOT shoot guns or rifles in celebratory gunfire. Not only is it illegal, it also poses a serious danger to life. We wouldn’t mention it if it didn’t happen.
Before calling 911 on your neighbors for setting off fireworks or setting them off yourself, be aware of when it is legal to set off fireworks below.
State Law and Fireworks O.C.G.A. § 25-10-2
State law allows for the purchase and usage of consumer fireworks. There are some exceptions to be aware of however.
- You must be 18 years of age or older to use or ignite or cause to be ignited or to possess, manufacture, transport, or store consumer fireworks.
- You may not use fireworks Under the influence of alcohol or any drug or any combination of alcohol and any drug to the extent that it is unsafe for such person to ignite consumer fireworks.
- You may not ignite fireworks in the following locations:
- Roads or highways
- On a property that you are not lawfully present or permitted to use or ignite consumer fireworks.
- Within any State, County or City park, historic site, recreational area, or other property which is owned by or operated by those agencies except pursuant to a special use permit or any rules and regulations of the agency or department having control of such property which may allow for such use or ignition of consumer fireworks. This would include Cobb County Schools.
- Within 100 yards of an electric plant; water treatment plant; waste-water treatment plant; any public or private electric substation; a facility engaged in the retail sale of gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids or gases (this may be common sense for most of us); any public or private electric substation; a jail; a prison; or Nursing home.
County Ordinance and Fireworks
Regarding the noise produced by the fireworks; the county noise ordinance was updated earlier this year to prohibit the discharge of consumer fireworks after 9:00 p.m. The only exceptions to this are January 1, the last Saturday and Sunday in May, July 3, July 4, the first Monday in September, and December 31 of each year. On these dates, consumer fireworks may be discharged until midnight, except on New Year’s Eve, where they may be discharged until 1:00 a.m.
Fireworks Safety from Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services
Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services recommends that you attend one of the many professional public firework displays put on at various locations around the county each 4th of July.
If you choose to use fireworks, be sure to follow the recommendations below by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Only those 18 and older can legally use fireworks in Georgia.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Fireworks can mean misery for pets. Thousands are sedated every year after being frightened by fireworks. Others are so distraught they bolt and get lost or injured.
- Keep pets indoors, close the curtains and play music to drown out the noise. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and tag and is microchipped in case it bolts and becomes lost.
- Fireworks can still be enjoyed if at the same time care and consideration are given to pets, livestock and animals living in the surrounding area.
Remember your crime prevention over the holiday, keep your home secured and do not leave valuables in your cars.
Happy 4th of July!
Remain Safe and Vigilant,
Det. Lieutenant T. A. Nelson
Det. Sergeant W.R. Pettitt
Det. Sergeant R.E. Hecksher
Criminal Investigation Unit Pct. 5
4640 Dallas Highway
Powder Springs, GA 30127