Lardiere McNair DiNicola & Stonebrook Ltd
Fireworks Law Revised
Aline De Albuquerque Wright
July 17, 2023

Beginning July 1, 2022, Ohio residents will be able to shoot off fireworks legally on the following holidays:
 

·      New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
·      Chinese New Year’s Day
·      Memorial Day
·      Juneteenth
·      Three-day weekends bracketing July 4
·      Labor Day weekends
·      Hindu festival of Diwali

The new legislation allows Ohio residents to use consumer-grade fireworks on private property. Ohio’s previous law allowed individuals to purchase consumer-grade fireworks in Ohio, but they could not ignite them in Ohio and were required to transport the fireworks out of state within 48 hours.

As part of the new law, local governments may opt-out of allowing the ability to discharge or restrict the dates and times a person may discharge, ignite, or explode fireworks. Cincinnati, for example, has an ordinance that prohibits fireworks that will remain in effect. Columbus and Worthington have already passed ordinances to restrict the use of consumer-grade fireworks within city limits. As such, before purchasing fireworks, check with your local officials. Failure to do so may result in fines. If you belong to a Homeowners Association, or Condo Association there may also be rules against the use of these fireworks. 

Finally, if you decide to set off fireworks, be sure to follow safety recommendations, and don’t forget that even though fireworks may be fun for humans, they may present a significant source of stress for pets. According to the American Kennel Club, more pets are reported missing during the July 4th weekend than at any other time of year. Therefore, make arrangements before any holiday to ensure your family and pets stay safe.

In the event that you sustain injuries or become impacted by a fireworks-related incident, call Lardiere McNair DiNicola & Stonebrook Ltd., LPA, (614) 534-1355 and schedule a free consultation. 
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Aline Wright is a Law Clerk at Lardiere McNair DiNicola & Stonebrook, Ltd., LPA.

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