You can buy them in the state, but you can’t set them off. That’s the law in Ohio when it comes to fireworks. But that could change if one Ohio lawmaker gets his way.
Senator David Burke represents District 26 and is the sponsor of Senate Bill 72. The law would make consumer-grade fireworks legal in the state — as they are in other nearby states like Indiana and Kentucky.
Burke says the law is all about safety — a top priority for him. He believes allowing fireworks to be legal would reduce the number of injuries because fire personnel and law enforcement would be able to provide additional training and safety advice to users of fireworks. But as the law stands, law enforcement doesn’t provide educational information because it’s illegal.
Burke also says fireworks have become much safer than they were when the law was written, and now it’s time for the law to catch up.
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