(WKBN) – A bill that would allow Ohioans to possess and set off fireworks in the state shot past the Ohio House on Thursday.
It passed 77 to 17.
Under current law, residents can legally buy most forms of consumer fireworks in Ohio but are then required to take them out of state within 48 hours of purchasing.
The new law would allow those fireworks to be ignited and set off in the state, but firework retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers would pay a 4% fee.
That money would go toward firefighter training and the state fire marshal’s office.
State Representative Michael O’Brien is a co-sponsor of House Bill 253. He says the existing law hasn’t been changed in decades and reform is long overdue.
“We have the largest wholesaler and distributor of fireworks in the nation here in the Mahoning Valley. It’s ironic that we have the largest wholesaler in Ohio yet the people can purchase the fireworks and, prior to this bill, they were not allowed to ignite them in the same state,” he said.
Also, the bill would allow people to set them off at any time of day and on their own property.
The bill now heads to the state Senate.