Find out where Stark County communities are doing with the new fireworks law
Many people in Stark County should soon start noticing a little more boom, pop, sparkle and sizzle in their quarters.
Most local governments are following Ohio’s lead and allowing residents to legally set off fireworks for consumers. Even the largest municipalities — like Canton, Alliance, and Massillon — haven’t opted out of following state law and are allowing the use of fireworks for now.
Meanwhile, the townships of Jackson, Lexington, and Perry set their own hours on state-approved days.
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Last fall, Ohio legalized the personal use of fireworks. The new law will come into force on Friday. It allows people to set off fireworks from Sunday on their own property or on the property of others with permission.
The state allows communities to set certain restrictions or opt out by council vote. For example, communities may decide not to allow fireworks. Or they can limit them to certain times or days.
North Township approved the state fireworks law.
“We are not opting out, but encouraging all of our citizens to think safety first,” Mayor Stephan Wilder said.
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“We’re taking a ‘wait and see’ approach (to complaints and injuries) and plan to go from there,” Alliance Mayor Alan Andreani said.
Villages of Minerva, Hills and Dales ban fireworks
Minerva and Hills and Dales are two Stark villages that opted out of state law and currently do not allow fireworks.
“The Village Council has chosen to pass an ordinance prohibiting the discharge, lighting or detonation of fireworks in the village,” Hills and Dales Mayor Mark Samolczyk said recently.
As of Monday, Massillon has not elected to remove the state law that means residents can set off fireworks.
“For now, (by not stepping down), the idea is to allow the new law to work, while maintaining security,” Massillon fire said chef Matt Heck.
New Ohio law states that people cannot set off fireworks under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Legal and Illegal Fireworks in Ohio
Occasional fireworks whose discharge is permitted in Ohio can be purchased from a local retailer, such as ghost fireworks, wholesale fireworks and Discounted fireworks, which are in Stark County. They include bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles and repeaters – or those that are lit once and fire multiple shots.
Molly Whitehead, Store Manager at ghost fireworks2801 Faircrest St. SW, said the company has been lobbying Ohio lawmakers for years to legalize fireworks for general consumers.
“We’re super excited about (the new law) because it’s our home country,” Whitehead said, noting that fireworks buyers are getting a brochure explaining how to light fireworks safely. . “We have been trying for 12 years to get this (law) passed.”
There has also been an increase in sales this year due to state law and the COVID-19 downturn, Whitehead said. All fireworks sold at Phantom are consumer grade.
Fireworks illegal in Ohio include M-80 cherry bombs, M-100 ashtrays, M-250 quarter sticks, and M-1000 half sticks.
Anything classified as “deceptive fireworks”, such as smoke bombs, snakes and sparklers, can be used for free at any time and can be purchased at retail stores, gas stations and grocery stores .
What days are consumer fireworks allowed in Ohio?
Fireworks can only be set off on certain days of the year, subject to state permission. These are: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day weekend, June 16, Labor Day and Diwali.
The 4th of July holiday is a little different. The lighting of fireworks is authorized on July 3, 4 and 5, as well as on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the public holiday.
Here is a list of cities in Stark County and their stance on Ohio’s fireworks law:
Alliance: No restrictions. The city is taking a “wait-and-see” approach in July.
Fulton Channel: No restrictions
Canton: No restrictions. City Council is due to discuss the fireworks at an upcoming meeting.
Louisville: No restrictions. City officials will see how the Fourth of July weekend goes.
Massillon: No restrictions
North Township: No restrictions
Here is a list of townships in Stark County and their stance on Ohio fireworks law:
Canton of Bethlehem: No restrictions
Canton Canton: No restrictions
Township of Jackson: Fireworks are permitted from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 5 and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday before and after July 4.
Lake Township: No restrictions
Township of Saint-Laurent: No restrictions
Township of Lexington: Fireworks are permitted from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, as well as the Saturday and Sunday before the public holiday.
Marlboro Township: No restrictions
Township of Nimishillen: No restrictions
Canton of Osnabourg: No restrictions
Municipality of Paris: No restrictions
Township of Perry: Fireworks are permitted from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on July 3, 4 and 5; as well as from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday before and after July 4. Additionally, 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on all other state-approved days for the remainder of the year.
Township of Pike: No restrictions
plain township: No restrictions
Township of Sugar Creek: No restrictions
Township of Tuscarawas: No restrictions
Washington Township: No restrictions
Here is a list of villages in Stark County and their stance on Ohio’s fireworks law:
Beach City: No restrictions
Brewer: No restrictions
Eastern Township: No restrictions
East of Sparta: No restrictions
Hartville: No restrictions
Hills and valleys: No fireworks allowed
Magnolia: No restrictions
Lake Meyers: No restrictions
Minerva: No fireworks allowed
Navarra: No restrictions
Waynesburg: No restrictions
Wilmot: No restrictions