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Ohio Fireworks Rules Update: What You Need to Know

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As of July 3, 2022, Ohio has updated its Fire Code rules on consumer fireworks. Here’s a simple guide to help you understand the new regulations and stay safe.

Who Can Use Fireworks in Ohio?

1.4G Fireworks: These are consumer fireworks, like firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles.

Age Limit: Only those 18 and older can handle or discharge 1.4G fireworks.

When and Where?

Approved Days: Fireworks can be used on specific holidays such as

  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Juneteenth
  • July 3-5
  • the weekends around July 4
  • Labor Day weekend
  • Diwali

Time Limit: You can only set off fireworks between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM, with some exceptions for New Year’s celebrations.

Private Property: Fireworks can only be discharged on private property with the owner’s permission.

Local Rules Apply

Local Bans: Counties, townships, and municipalities can restrict or completely ban fireworks in their areas.

Noise and Safety Laws: Other laws about noise and safety still apply, so keep it respectful and safe.

Here’s a full list of cities that have banned fireworks.

Safety First

Weather Conditions: No fireworks if there’s a burn ban or bad weather like high winds.

No Indoor Use: Fireworks must be used outdoors and away from buildings.

Distance: Keep at least 150 feet away from spectators and structures when setting off aerial fireworks.

Storage and Handling

Licensed Retailers Only: Fireworks must be bought from licensed sellers.

Safe Storage: Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from flammable materials and ignition sources. No storing in sleeping areas or near exits.

Quantity Limits: No more than 125 pounds of fireworks should be stored in one place.

Clean Up

Debris: Clean up all debris immediately after use or by the next morning if it’s too dark.

Prohibited Actions

No Underage Use: Children under 18 cannot handle or be within 150 feet of fireworks.

No Pointing at People: Never aim or discharge fireworks at people, animals, vehicles, or buildings.

No Public Property: Fireworks can’t be used on public property or schools without permission.

In Case of Incident

Report Accidents: Any incident involving fireworks must be reported immediately to your local fire department and law enforcement.

No Tampering: Don’t tamper with fireworks, especially if there’s an accident.

Remember, these rules are designed to keep everyone safe while enjoying fireworks. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and stay aware of your surroundings.

Stay safe and have fun celebrating!