What Cities are Opting Out of the New Fireworks Law in Ohio?

What Cities are Opting Out of the New Fireworks Law in Ohio?

As of July 1, 2022, Ohioans can legally set off consumer-grade fireworks on private property. The law specifies that fireworks only be set off on certain holidays, about 20 days a year. The permitted days include:

  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Diwali
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Juneteenth
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Labor Day weekend
  • July 3, 4, 5, and the three-day weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) surrounding July 4.

Using fireworks under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances is prohibited—anyone who violates this is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.


If you are cited for discharging fireworks in the following cities, it is a first-degree misdemeanor*:

  • Beavercreek
  • Bedford
  • Brecksville
  • Brook Park
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Dublin
  • Fairborn
  • Germantown
  • Kettering
  • Lakewood
  • Mentor (possession is legal, discharge is illegal)
  • North Royalton
  • Oakwood
  • Parma
  • Toledo (likely to opt out)
  • Upper Arlington
  • Worthington

*The following list will be updated pending the signing of new legislation.


If you live in an area where it’s legal to use consumer-grade fireworks, follow these tips from the National Safety Council to keep you and your family safe:

  • Don’t let younger children use fireworks
  • Supervise older children while they use fireworks
  • Avoid using fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs. While dangerous to do, it’s also illegal
  • Make sure only to use fireworks away from any people, animals, houses, and flammable material
  • Don’t aim or point fireworks in the direction of objects or people
  • Maintain a safe distance after igniting
  • Keep lit fireworks out of containers
  • Never handle or try to re-light malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak used and unused fireworks in water before throwing away
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to douse malfunctioning fireworks or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

Travis Irvine