Bill would make small mortars, bottle rockets legal in Ohio

Ohio Statehouse News

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — When it comes to legislation, time frames are seldom a priority.

That is the case with a bill that would have allowed for fireworks like small mortars, bottle rockets, and firecrackers to be set off in Ohio.

Currently you can purchase those kinds of fireworks in Ohio, but you can’t set them off in the state. You are required to take them over the border within 48 hours of purchase. “Trick and Novelty”” items like snaps, sparklers, snakes or smoke bombs, are still okay to use in the state.

Current laws are not stopping some from ignoring these rules. For the past few nights, you may have seen amateur firework shows popping up in the skies about your neighborhood.

The state legislature is considering a bill that would make setting off these kinds of fireworks legal. It would put in place a framework for when and where that could be done.

House Bill 226 passed out of the House of Representatives. It is currently languishing in a Senate committee waiting for lawmakers to deal with it there.

Much like Tyler’s Law, which addresses safety of amusement rides and is the result of a tragic fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair last July, the legislation was not vetted, tweaked, and passed into law before the prime season for which it is applicable.

For now, candles of showering of sparks, smoke and sticks of glittering light are all you can legally use to celebrate our Independence Day here in Ohio.

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