The state of Ohio has upheld laws for the purchase and use of fireworks since 1996, but many consumers may not even aware of those legalities.
In simplest terms, “fireworks” that are illegal to use in the state of Ohio include:
- Bottle rockets
- Fire crackers
- Roman candles
- Heavy duty shells
While fireworks are illegal to set off within the state, “novelty” items are legal to set off in Ohio.
Novelty items include the following:
- Smoke Bombs
- Glow Snakes
Before using these items, it may be best to contact your local officials on further information for setting them off in your neighborhood.
Many Ohio citizens may not realize that you can purchase these fireworks in Ohio but must take them out of state within 48 hours.
This past week Ohio Gov. Kasich signed a provision in the state budget eliminating the need for consumers to sign a form before purchasing fireworks.
This form was referred to as the “Liar’s Form” and required consumers to agree that they will not light fireworks inside state lines, and will take their purchases out of Ohio within 48 hours from purchase.
Although the form has been eliminated, the fireworks listed above are still illegal to discharge in Ohio.
If you are unsure of what items you can or cannot set off in your neighborhood, please contact the Ohio State Fire Marshal.
Safety while using any type of fireworks is always a priority. Be sure to take extra precaution before using these items, especially when it comes to children and pets. Happy Independence Day!
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