Many Ohioans will flock to one of the state's 86 licensed fireworks wholesalers to purchase fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July. However, it's illegal to fire them off in the state.
"You have to sign a form indicating you will not discharge those fireworks in the state of Ohio and in-fact you must take those fireworks outside of the state of Ohio within 48 hours," said Jeff Leaming, chief deputy state fire marshal.
If you are caught illegally shooting off fireworks you can be charged. It's usually up to local law enforcement and fire departments to enforce the laws.
"The penalties involved could be up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine," Leaming said.
He says the best way to enjoy fireworks is to leave it up to the experts and professionals. Each are licensed by the state to shoot fireworks.
The only fireworks-related items that are allowed in Ohio are novelty devices like items that smoke, sparkle, snap and snake. Just because those items are permitted doesn't mean they're safe.
Sparklers may look innocent, but Leaming say they burn at around 1,500 degrees. That's hot enough to burn through clothing, skin, or set things on fire. That's why he suggests you have a bucket of water on hand as well. If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for two or three minutes and seek medical attention when necessary.
Only licensed fireworks exhibitors can perform fireworks exhibitions. They must undergo six hours of training on fireworks laws and safety every three years, and must, in turn, relay that training to all employees annually.
Washington Court House conducts their annual fireworks show July 3rd.