Governor issues ban on fireworks in Georgia

Drought, wildfires prompt fireworks ban

In the wake of a drought being declared for over 100 counties in the state of Georgia, outbreaks of wildfires have plagued thousands of acres in the northern area of the state. Although many of these fires have been extinguished, several continue to spread causing smoke to filter into the metro Atlanta region.

RELATED | 21 Georgia wildfires extinguished, several continue to spread across thousands of acres

In order to prevent further incidents from occurring, on Monday Governor Nathan Deal stepped in and issued an executive order banning the sale and use of fireworks in the affected counties.

In the executive order, the Governor stated “there have been numerous instances of uncontrolled fires that seriously threaten the welfare of citizens of this state…”

As fire crews continue to battle wildfires throughout the state and The Georgia Department of Natural resources, Environmental Protection Division continue to monitor drought conditions in these counties, the ban will remain in effect.

PHOTOS | Wildfires spread across the mid-South

PHOTOS | Smoke all over metro Atlanta

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