State of Ohio considers major changes to fireworks laws; Current law unpopular, but fire chief says new bill no better

  • Source: Dayton Daily News
  • Published: 05/28/2019 12:00 AM

Firefighters and pyrotechnics manufacturers agree state laws allowing Ohio residents to purchase but not launch fireworks in-state are ineffective, but disagree on how to fix them. Fireworks proponents say the answer is to relax the existing law. Though it hasn’t been legal in decades, a pair of bills before the General Assembly would allow Ohioans to purchase so-called 1.4G explosives, commonly known as consumer-level fireworks, and shoot them off across the state. Local firefighters tell the Dayton Daily News they’re concerned this will cause new problems in an already difficult situation. The bill — introduced in the Senate by state Sen. David Burke, R-Marysville, and in the House by state Rep. Don Manning, R-New Middletown, and Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Warren — would allow the public to legally use popular pyrotechnics, including fountains, cones and firecrackers.


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