Boccieri Supports Bill To Pave The Way For Legal Fireworks
Bill would allow for individual purchase starting in 2020
October 12, 2017
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State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today joined a majority of members of the Ohio House in voting for House Bill 226, which would legalize the sale and use of consumer fireworks starting in 2020. The bill also establishes a legislative study committee tasked with making recommendations on storage, licensing and manufacturing facilities by the end of 2019, in time for the legalization to take effect.

“This legislation takes a sensible approach in moving cautiously toward the legalization of a recognizable part of American culture,” Boccieri said. “Let’s not kid ourselves, many Ohioans already buy and set off fireworks around their neighborhoods on the Fourth of July. By making fireworks legal, we are allowing the legislature to establish best practices for their use to ensure that we prioritize safety and minimize accidents.”

Forty-four other states already allow for the purchase and use of fireworks including states adjacent to Ohio, except Pennsylvania.

HB 226 makes setting off a firework while intoxicated illegal and requires that private property owners grant permission for fireworks to be used on their property. Local governments also retain the ability under the legislation to enact their own firmer restrictions on the use of consumer fireworks.

In addition to legalizing fireworks, HB 226 creates a Fireworks Fee Receipt Fund financed through a four-percent fee on the retail sale of consumer grade fireworks. The fund will support firefighter training programs and regulation of firework use and the industry in general.

The bill passed the House 77-12 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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