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Firework concern with animals

Horse owners are worried about their horses and fireworks. (Source: WALB) Horse owners are worried about their horses and fireworks. (Source: WALB)
Billy Hodges said his horses are terrified by fireworks. (Source: WALB) Billy Hodges said his horses are terrified by fireworks. (Source: WALB)
Norma Karst owns Star K Equestrian Center. (Source: WALB) Norma Karst owns Star K Equestrian Center. (Source: WALB)
Amanda Nichols said she was giving a horseback riding lesson with a small child when the fireworks started going off.  (Source: WALB) Amanda Nichols said she was giving a horseback riding lesson with a small child when the fireworks started going off.  (Source: WALB)
Michael Pearlman put on a large firework display Satuday. (Source: WALB) Michael Pearlman put on a large firework display Satuday. (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Naturally with fireworks one thinks Fourth of July celebrations. 

Now under Georgia law, fireworks can be shot off until 9 p.m. on any day. 

With random and more frequent firework displays popping up, horse owners are worried about their animals' safety. 

"We had a horse run completely through a fence, tore her leg up we had to call the vet," said Billy Hodges, owner of Southgait farm. 

Norma Karst owns Star K Equestrian Center.

"Those big noises the bangs and the bursts and everything make horses frightened," said Karst. 

Amanda Nichols said she was giving a horseback riding lesson with a small child when the fireworks started going off. 

"My kids start at 5 and go up to 15 so I mean the smaller kids I definitely worry about," said Karst.

Michael Pearlman owns Big Bang fireworks.

He didn't get to shoot off fireworks on the fourth so he put a show together Saturday night to thank the community for this year's sales. 

"We had I would say 500 to 600 people on the streets," said Pearlman. "I even had a few vets come up and thank me for the show that I did."

Pearlman says he shot them legally and the show stopped at 9 p.m.

The bangs were in close range of Star K Equestrian Center. 

Karst was not home to prepare her stables like she did for the fourth of July. 

"It takes a lot of planning and most horse owners spent the night at the barn when the fourth of July comes around," said Karst.

Pearlman says he does not want to make anyone upset. 

"We love horses," said Pearlman. "It's just an unfortunate thing that fireworks scare horses."

He says in the in the future, he will try and work something out to give horse owners a heads up.

"I guess we just have to figure out what the best alternative is to let the horse farms or the horse stables know what is going on and when we are going to do it," said Pearlman.

For now, horse owners want tighter regulations.

They said they plan on sitting down with Senator Greg Kirk to see if they can work on tighter restrictions.

"We aren't here to do away with fireworks but we are here trying to come up with a better way to handle the fireworks with animals," said Karst.

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