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Ohio’s New Fireworks Law FAQs for the Consumer

Ohio’s New Fireworks Law FAQs for the Consumer

Yes – You can legally discharge fireworks in Ohio on designated days UNLESS your political subdivision (village, city, or township) chooses to opt out or add restrictions.

Beginning July 1, 2022, Ohio residents (and nonresidents) can discharge consumer grade fireworks in Ohio, in accordance with upcoming safety regulations, either on their own property or on another person’s property with permission EXCEPT where a political subdivision has chosen to opt out, meaning they will not allow people to discharge consumer grade fireworks. The political subdivision may also choose to place additional restrictions on when a person can discharge consumer grade fireworks.

When can you discharge fireworks?

Beginning July 1, 2022, unless limited by local laws, the following dates are when discharge of consumer fireworks is permissible under the safety conditions established in state and local law.

  • New Year’s Eve and Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Juneteenth
  • July 3, 4, and 5, and the weekends before and after
  • Labor Day weekend
  • Diwali

How can you safely discharge fireworks?

Fireworks are still extremely dangerous – be safe. Each year, thousands of people are injured in fireworks-related incidents and sadly, many will die as a result. In addition, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year resulting in countless damages to structures, vehicles, and property. To use legal fireworks safely, the Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following guidelines:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lit fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses, and flammable material
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby to fully douse fireworks that don't discharge or in case of fire

The State Fire Marshal must publicize rules related to the new fireworks law. More to come on this in 2022.

Please discharge responsibly.

No person can use fireworks while in possession or control of, or under the influence of, any intoxicating liquor, beer, or controlled substance. A person who violates this is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.

Where can you buy fireworks?

Only fireworks purchased in Ohio may be discharged in Ohio. Consumers may purchase fireworks from any of the licensed sales locations throughout the state of Ohio. When purchasing fireworks, the retailer must provide you with safety glasses for free or at a nominal charge. Safety pamphlets must also be provided outlining the safe use of fireworks.

What If your local government officials or law enforcement say no?

As part of the new law, any political subdivision may opt-out of allowing the ability to discharge within their limits so check with your local government officials to see if it’s okay.

The State Fire Marshal is part of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio’s chief regulatory agency. The Department is focused on promoting prosperity and protecting what matters most to Ohioans. We ensure businesses follow the laws that help them create jobs and keep Ohioans safe. To learn more about what we do, visit our website at com.ohio.gov