No exploding fireworks sold in Dougherty or Lee County yet

No exploding fireworks sold in Dougherty or Lee County yet
Consumers must be 18 to purchase fireworks

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's now legal to buy and use aerial fireworks in Georgia.

But so far you can't buy the exploding fireworks in Dougherty or Lee County.

No one has applied for the required permits in the counties.

To sell the fireworks, you must pay for a $5000 state license and pass inspection for a county license.  
That costs $500 in Dougherty County.

The fireworks on sale here are the sparkler type that were already legal.

Firefighters urge you to use caution with them and the newly legal fireworks.

"We're looking for an increase in injuries, more so than fires," said Albany Fire Department Assistant Chief Sebon Burns. "We may have some fires, but we are looking for an increase in the injuries. Hand injuries, injuries to the eyes."

Firefighters are urging parents to stay with their children using any kind of fireworks and to keep an extinguisher or bucket of water handy.

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