Ohioans can set off fireworks on certain holidays beginning July 1; State Fire Marshal shares what you need to know – Low Calorie Diets Tips

A new law allows Ohio residents to legally set off fireworks on certain holidays. Ohioans can legally fire 1.4G consumer fireworks in Ohio on certain days unless the relevant policy subdivision has decided to ban their use. Under previous law, individuals could purchase consumer-grade fireworks in Ohio but had to ship them out of the state within 48 hours.

In case you were wondering, 1.4G is the rating for smaller fireworks that you can usually buy at your local fireworks store. Formerly known as “Class C” fireworks, you typically do not need training or special permission to own or use fireworks of this class. Here’s a breakdown of what you can and can’t do under the new law.

When can Ohioans set off fireworks?

Beginning July 1, unless restricted by local law, Ohioans may set off fireworks on the following dates and times:

  • 3, 4 and 5 July and the weekends immediately before and after (16:00-23:00)
  • Labor Day weekend (16:00-23:00)
  • Diwali (16:00-23:00)
  • New Year’s Eve (4:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.)
  • New Year (00:00-01:00; 16:00-23:00)
  • Chinese New Year (16:00-23:00)
  • Cinco de Mayo (16:00-23:00)
  • Memorial Day weekend (16:00-23:00)
  • 16 June (16:00-23:00)

Where can fireworks be fired?

Consumers may set off fireworks on their own property or on someone else’s property if the owner of that property has expressly consented to the setting off of fireworks.

Ohioans are required to properly fire fireworks

Ohio Revised Code (RC) § 3743.45 (effective July 1) and Ohio Fire Code (OFC) § 5626 (effective July 3) apply and can be read in their entirety using the links provided. Relevant OFC regulations describe how 1.4G consumer fireworks must be used and stored by consumers. Some provisions in the Rules include:

  • Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to handle or set off fireworks.
  • Persons under the age of 18 must not be within 50 meters of the dropping point of aerial fireworks.
  • No one may use fireworks if they possess, control or are under the influence of intoxicating liquor, beer or controlled substances. Anyone who violates this is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • Aircraft may not be fired within 150 feet of spectators (this includes air grenades, Roman candles, cakes and bottle rockets).
  • Non-aerial devices may not be discharged within 50 feet of spectators (this includes fountains, fireworks and ground effects devices).
  • Note: These separation distances—both for antenna and non-antenna devices—are increased for certain types of locations, such as hospitals, schools, healthcare and residential facilities, apartment buildings and apartment buildings, military installations, and railroads.
  • No one may store more than 125 pounds (net weight of pyrotechnic composition) of fireworks unless additional precautions and safeguards are in place for such storage.
  • Fireworks must not be lit indoors.
  • Fireworks may not be aimed or fired at people or objects (e.g. buildings).
  • No fireworks may be fired on public or private school property.
  • Fireworks cannot be fired when there are drought conditions or in an area where there is a red flag warning or other weather hazards.

Where can Ohioans buy fireworks?

Only fireworks purchased in Ohio may be discharged in Ohio. Consumers can purchase fireworks at all licensed outlets across the state. When purchasing fireworks, the retailer must provide consumers with goggles (free or for a nominal fee) and a safety brochure.

Can Local Officials Stop Ohio Residents From Setting Off Fireworks?

As part of the new law, each political subdivision can opt out of being allowed to fire within its borders, so discuss with your local officials the best course of action for your jurisdiction.

The state fire chief makes regulations on the new fireworks law available to the public. For a complete overview of the new fireworks rules, visit https://com.ohio.gov/divisions-and-programs/state-fire-marshal/licensing-and-certification/guides-and-resources/ohios-new-fireworks – law-for-the-consumer.

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