A new state law went into effect on July 1, 2022 that allows Ohioans to discharge consumer-grade fireworks (1.4G) on approximately 20 specific holidays/days designated by the Ohio legislature. Prior to the passage of this law, it was illegal for anyone other than a licensed fireworks exhibitor to discharge fireworks in Ohio.
The new law allows cities, villages, and townships to implement further restrictions or “opt-out” of the law completely. For communities that opt-out, the discharge of consumer-grade fireworks remains illegal under local ordinance. The Village of Newtown reviewed the new law and consulted with its police chief and the Anderson Township fire chief. Village Council also considered the density of its neighborhoods, the impact that fireworks may have on veterans living in the Village, and the effects fireworks can have on some pets. After weighing these considerations, Village Council voted to “opt-out” of the new law at its June 14, 2022 council meeting, thus maintaining the status quo and continuing its ban on the discharge of consumer grade fireworks in the Village. Any person who discharges such fireworks in the Village, even on the days that the state legislature would allow, will be in violation of Newtown’s ban on the discharge of fireworks set forth in Section 91.02(B) of the Ohio Basic Code and may be cited by the police department.