State lawmakers may have allowed the sale of certain kinds of fireworks in Georgia’s cities, but don’t plan on stocking up in Sandy Springs for your July 4 holiday show just yet.

Sandy Springs City Council on June 2 unanimously adopted a 90-day moratorium on issuing business licenses, zoning applications and other permits for fireworks sales so the city could rework its local laws to allow them.

“We don’t have anything in the local ordinances that addresses this,” City Attorney Wendell Willard told the council.

The state legislature this year approved a law that, as of July 1, keeps cities and counties from banning the sale or use of fireworks that are legal under state law, City Manager John McDonough said in a memo to the council. Sandy Springs’ moratorium, which lasts until Sept. 1, is intended to give the city time to develop local zoning and other laws that would allow it to comply with the new state law.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.