With the Fourth of July approaching, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service urges people to remember that fireworks are illegal on Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, according to a press release by the USDA.
“The possession or discharge of all types of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices is prohibited on all national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays,” the release said.
These regulations are strictly enforced, and violation of this rule is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment of up to six months or both.
The USDA Forest Service strives to preserve national forests such as the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, and prohibiting fireworks is just another step towards this goal.
“The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations,” the release said.