Ohio state's legalization of fireworks could help fund firefighter training

  • Source: Columbus Dispatch
  • Published: 10/12/2017 12:00 AM

Shooting off fireworks in Ohio, a time-honored tradition of lawbreaking across the state, would become fully legal just in time for July 4, 2020, under a bill that passed the House on Wednesday. For decades, Ohioans have been allowed to purchase fireworks but not legally set them off inside the state. Up until 2015, customers were required to sign a form promising to transport the fireworks out of state within 48 hours. The 48-hour requirement remained, but lawmakers did away with the form, recognizing people regularly lied on it. Starting Jan. 1, 2021, the bill would impose a new 4 percent fee on the price of fireworks. Most of the estimated $1.5 million in annual revenue would be earmarked for firefighter training programs, while a small amount would go to the state fire marshal’s office for fireworks industry enforcement and regulation.


We welcome comments from registered users. Comments are solely the responsibility of those who post them; their viewpoints are not endorsed by the Daily Dispatch and DailyDispatch.com. (read more)
ship name
no comments have been added

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe