Ohio considers legalizing consumer fireworks

July Fourth fireworks
AP Photo/John Minchillo

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Consumer grade fireworks would be legal to use in Ohio under legislation moving through the state Legislature.

Current state law prohibits setting off such fireworks and says firecrackers, smoke bombs and other recreational fireworks available for purchase in Ohio must be transported out of the state within 48 hours of being bought.

State Sen. Dave Burke, a Marysville Republican, introduced his bill last month. He says it would give Ohioans “the freedom to celebrate their national pride and joy in a safe and responsible manner.”

The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee was taking up the issue Tuesday. A companion measure was scheduled for a vote in the House Health & Aging Committee later in the day.

Lawmakers expect to wrap up their two-year session this week.

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