Ohio House approves legalization of fireworks

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House bill 226 will allow for the legalization and regulation of fireworks in the state.

MGN Online

Current law allows Ohio residents to purchase fireworks in the state but they are required to take them out of the state within 48 hours.

The new law would lay the groundwork for bringing the manufacturing of fireworks to Ohio.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks has some concerns with how the bill is written right now.

“I think that a restriction on the hours permitted should be at least be taken under consideration. Maybe a change or add something to the bill as it is written,” says Mincks.

Sheriff Mincks biggest concern is that the county commissioners do not have the authority to govern fireworks.

“Now municipalities do have that power to regulate when the fireworks would be set off. For example, it could be like two days before the Fourth of July and two days after and I think that's great, if it's between the hours,” says Sheriff Mincks

The law would permit residents to shoot off fireworks any day of the week .

Sheriff Mincks adds, “I think people have to have an opportunity to sleep sometime."

The bill does prohibit people from setting off fireworks while drinking or using drugs and fireworks sellers would be required to distribute safety information.

The bill will be assigned to a Senate committee in the coming weeks.

It will become law in 2020 if it passes the State Senate and receives a signature from Republican Gov. John Kasich.