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Currently, Ohioans may purchase consumer grade fireworks but they aren’t allowed to possess or use them in Ohio.
Dan Peart, legislative director of Ohio-based Phantom Fireworks Companies, said his company will continue to try to engage with DeWine and present data that show fireworks imports to the U.S. have more than doubled since 1994 but the injury rates have declined.
“In what area of Ohio does it sound like fireworks are illegal?” Peart added.
The Ohio Fireworks Safety Coalition says there is no safe way to use fireworks and often it’s innocent bystanders, including children, who suffer injuries from amateur pyrotechnics.