WEST POINT, GA (WTVM) - The Fourth of July is going to be a lot different in Georgia now that Governor Nathan Deal has signed House Bill 110, allowing the sale of fireworks in the state.
A business can open up a fireworks shop by paying a $5,000 licensing fee. The bill would also create a new excise tax of 5 percent on every sale, in addition to state and local sales taxes.
"Since we haven't been able to legally sell those in our state, and now we will be able to do that, there will be some revenue that will be generated from those sales," Governor Deal said.
The new law prohibits the possession of fireworks in school zones, at school functions or on school buses.
It will take effect on July 1, right in time for Independence Day.