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Can I shoot off fireworks in my backyard?

According to State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey and Springfield Township Fire Chief Robert Leininger, the answer is no.


Ohio law allows you to purchase fireworks in the state, but you can't set them off in Ohio. Under current law, Ohioans face a first-degree misdemeanor with up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for firing off fireworks.


The best solution, said Ohio State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey, is to attend a local fireworks show run by professionals.


There are some exceptions to Ohio's ban, including sparklers on a wire stick, toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns and trick noisemakers.


State officials aren't cracking down on most backyard fireworks. Their biggest concern is homemade and commercial-grade fireworks, which can cause serious damage to people and property, Hussey said.


According to Springfield Township Fire Chief Robert Leininger, fire officials will investigate fireworks based on complaint. In most cases, the fire official will request that the fireworks display be terminated. If the fire department is called back, a citation could be issued and fireworks confiscated.


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