Some cities still don’t allow fireworks, despite Ohio law

CINCINNATI — A new law in Ohio allows civilians to set off some types of fireworks, but they can’t do it everywhere.

Gov. Mike DeWine last year signed legislation revising the 1986 legislation that banned the use of fireworks without a permit. Now people can use some types – like firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and sparklers – but exhibition-quality firecrackers are still banned unless someone has a license.

Ohio Fireworks Law:Here’s what you need to know about Ohio fireworks regulations

However, a statutory provision allows municipalities and municipalities to enact their own laws regarding the use of fireworks. Many communities in the Cincinnati area have retained previous bans, but some are adhering to the provisions of the newly revised state law.

Fireworks are only permitted on certain holidays, including New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day weekend, June 16th, days around July 4th, Labor Day weekend, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

The law goes into effect on Friday. Fireworks on July 4th are allowed on July 3rd, 4th and 5th, as well as on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before and after.

Here are the rules for some area communities:


According to village manager Ken Geis, the Batavia Village Council issued an ordinance a few years ago banning the use of firecrackers. Legislation is still active and replaces state law.

Blue Ash

Blue Ash, home of the popular annual Red, White and Blue Ash fireworks display, allows only professional exhibitors to use fireworks, per city code. People cannot own them or trigger them within city limits.


Fireworks are still prohibited within Cincinnati city limits.

“The new state fireworks law does not affect the city’s existing ban on firing fireworks without an exhibitor’s permit,” the city said in a statement.

“The city is asking that individuals comply with the law and refrain from setting off fireworks within the city, at home or anywhere else. We hope everyone is doing their part to enjoy the 4th of July in a safe and responsible way.”


A previously enacted city ordinance remains in effect and continues to prohibit the use of fireworks in Fairfield.

The Fairfield Police Department posted on Facebook that the new Ohio statute does not apply to the city. This includes selling, owning, and setting off fireworks within city limits.


According to the Lebanese Municipality Office, there is nothing in the local ordinances banning fireworks. The city of Warren County is following the new state law, which means residents can use certain types of fireworks.

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The possession, sale and setting off of fireworks remains prohibited in Loveland under city statutes. Similar to other municipalities, only licensed exhibitors can get a permit from the city for a public fireworks display.


Mason will follow the new Ohio rules, according to the police department. The city will not impose any restrictions other than those already contained in state law.


Milford has an ordinance on the books forbidding people from setting off, detonating, or detonating fireworks around town. Licensed fireworks exhibitors can apply to the city for a permit to hold a show.

West Chester Parish

West Chester Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said fireworks will be allowed for use within the parameters of the new law.

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