Fireworks Laws

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

Fourth of July means celebrations and fireworks.

However, they can be very dangerous.

You can buy fireworks in both Ohio and West Virginia.

But there are rules to setting them off.

You cannot set off fireworks at all in Ohio.

In West Virginia they cannot go higher than six feet.

If you are going to, both states require permits.

Sheriff's offices on both sides of the river say it is hard to catch; however, they will cite you.

And safety is a huge concern, even with the little sparklers.

"It can be very hot, so you know, if they are going to be holding them, if you looking at a two, three-year-old, I would not let them get anywhere near that," says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

"If you have a permit you're fine. If you don't you could be cited. That's not something we would really like to focus on, we understand people celebrating July Fourth," says Wood County Chief Deputy Shawn Graham.

Sheriff Mincks says anyone under the age of 16 should not be setting off or getting near any fireworks.

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