Ohioans Can Legally Set Off Fireworks
As of July 1, 2022, Ohioans can now legally set off fireworks on certain holidays, under legislation signed by Governor Mike DeWine.
Under previous law, individuals could purchase consumer-grade fireworks in Ohio but had to transport them out of state within 48 hours.
However, the law allows municipalities to opt-out or restrict the dates and times, so be sure to double-check the rules with your local officials.
Under the New Ohio Fireworks Law, When Can You Set Them Off?
Beginning July 1, 2022, unless limited by local laws, the following dates are when the discharge of consumer fireworks is permissible under the safety conditions established in state and local law.
- New Year’s Eve and Day
- Chinese New Year
- Cinco de Mayo
- Memorial Day weekend
- July 3, 4, and 5, and the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays preceding and following
- Labor Day weekend
Are there any Restrictions in the New Ohio Fireworks Law?
Ohioans must set off fireworks properly.
You can’t light up your yard with fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and anyone found guilty will be convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor. You could face a disorderly conduct violation, as well.
Common sense prevailing, it’s also illegal to ignite fireworks on another person’s property without their permission.
There’s no risk-free way to use fireworks, so always use caution when setting off any fireworks.
The new Ohio fireworks law provides safety guidance that retailers must include in a pamphlet for customers. Those safety recommendations include:
- Don’t allow children to play with fireworks.
- Set them off outside in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, and other flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Make sure other people are out of range before lighting them.
- Do not have any part of your body over the firework while lighting it.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place and keep unused products away from where you’re igniting them.
- Do not light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
In addition to the pamphlet, licensed retailers and wholesalers in Ohio must offer safety glasses to customers for free or at a nominal charge.
BE SAFE WHENEVER YOU PLAN ON SETTING OFF FIREWORKS!