COLUMBUS, Ohio—Bipartisan laws to permit Ohioans to own and set off consumer-grade fireworks within the state shot previous the Ohio Home on Thursday.
House Bill 253, which handed 77-17 and now heads to the Senate, is the newest try by state lawmakers to alter Ohio’s fireworks regulation.
Below present regulation, residents might legally buy most types of frequent or “shopper” fireworks in Ohio, nevertheless it requires them to take these fireworks out of the state inside 48 hours – a rule that’s nearly universally flouted. State Rep. Michael O’Brien, a Warren Democrat co-sponsoring the invoice, stated the present regulation hasn’t been modified in many years and that reform is “lengthy overdue.”
Native governments would nonetheless be permitted to ban fireworks or solely enable them to be set off throughout sure occasions. The measure additionally would impose a Four-percent charge on fireworks gross sales, the proceeds of which might go towards firefighter coaching and elevated enforcement of fireworks regulation.
Below the invoice, fireworks sellers should present security glasses to clients freed from cost.
Ohio lawmakers have tried several times over the previous decade to loosen the state’s fireworks regulation. Critics be aware that fireworks cause thousands of injuries and property fires – in addition to a handful of deaths – yearly within the U.S.
O’Brien launched the laws final 12 months with Republican Don Manning of Mahoning County, who died in March.
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