ATLANTA – Special Agent in Charge Christopher C. Shaefer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Atlanta Field Division, encourages Georgia residents to be safe and responsible during Fourth of July celebrations.
With Independence Day just around the corner, ATF reminds the public to keep safety in mind when using fireworks. It is imperative that the instructions printed on the fireworks’ product packaging are followed carefully. Likewise, residents need to be aware of local laws regulating the use of fireworks.
SAC Shaefer said, “We want this Fourth of July to be a time to celebrate and show pride in our country. Each year injuries or death are caused by misuse of fireworks or by handling illegal fireworks during these celebrations. We encourage everyone to take extra precautions when celebrating with fireworks by being informed consumers.”
ATF is the federal law enforcement agency charged with enforcing federal explosives laws, and we actively work with federal, state and local agencies to prevent the manufacture, trafficking and illegal possession of illegal fireworks and illegal explosives devices. Illegal explosives devices do meet safety or quality of standards of legally manufactured consumer fireworks. The manufacture and possession of illegal explosives devices can result in federal felony and misdemeanor charges.
To better ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July, the public is encouraged to enjoy the fireworks shows conducted by licensed professionals.
The public is urged to report the use or sale of illegal fireworks or explosives devices to their local police department and to ATF by calling the toll free ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662).