COLUMBUS – A bill to allow fireworks in the state of Ohio passed the Ohio House today, announced State Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester).


House Bill 253 establishes the Ohio Fire Code Rule Recommendation Committee, whose role will be to review the Fireworks Law and make recommendations to the State Fire Marshal.


The end goal of the legislation is to safely legalize and regulate fireworks in Ohio.


The committee will meet for three months prior to issuing their report to the Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal will then have three months to write the rules to safely regulate fireworks in Ohio. 11 months after the legislation becomes law, fireworks will be legal in Ohio with the Fire Marshal’s rules.


“This bill notably eliminates the requirement for Ohioans to take fireworks out of the state once purchasing them within the state,” said Baldridge. “Being a firefighter myself, I am proud to support legislation that encourages safety as it relates to fireworks. This legislation is also supportive of the law enforcement community, as it provides funds to firefighter training.”


The bill also accomplishes the following:



  • Prohibits the discharge of fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance

  • Requires retailers to provide safety pamphlets to customers with the purchase of fireworks

  • Allows local governments to restrict the dates and times that a person may discharge fireworks

  • Establishes a 4% consumer fee on all fireworks that goes towards firefighter training programs and administration of the Fire Marshal’s fireworks law


The moratorium on issuance of new licenses is said to expire on December 31, 2020. This bill is the safe path to legalization of fireworks in Ohio.


House Bill 253 passed the House with a vote of 77-17. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.


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State Representative Brian Baldridge is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 90th District, which includes all of Scioto and Adams counties, as well as part of Lawrence County. 


For more information, contact the office of Rep. Baldridge at (614) 466-2124 or Rep90@ohiohouse.gov

 
 
 
  
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