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Legalizing fireworks in Ohio

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If the proposed bill is passed, bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers and other consumer grade fireworks will be legal for private use starting in 2020. If the proposed bill is passed, bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers and other consumer grade fireworks will be legal for private use starting in 2020.
If fireworks are legalized that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be safer. If fireworks are legalized that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be safer.

Ohio Lawmakers could soon be legalizing fireworks in Ohio. Members of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee are working on making major changes to Ohio's firework law.

If the proposed bill is passed, bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers and other consumer grade fireworks will be legal for private use starting in 2020. 
We spoke to Sergeant Curtis Hile from the Lima Police Department and he says they will support whatever lawmakers decide, but he says that if fireworks are legalized that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be safer. 

"People need to make sure that whether they're legalized or not that they're still taking safety efforts to make sure no one gets injured with those fireworks. Legal or not I would imagine that noise complaints will probably still be an issue whether they're legal or not so we'll probably still be responding to those kind of issues," says Sgt. Hile. 

Additional changes to the proposed bill will require sellers to provide customers with a safety pamphlet developed by the State Fire Marshal and imposing a four percent fee to fund firefighter training among other changes.

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