Backyard Fireworks Displays Could Lead To Citations, Fines
July 4th brings fireworks--most of them set off by professionals. But for other backyard enthusiasts, it means creating their own show. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says fireworks resulted in more than 11,000 injuries last year. Ohio's law allows consumers to buy fireworks here, but it's illegal to set them off here. Buyers no longer have to fill out the so-called "liar's form" promising to take the fireworks out of state. But, technically, igniting them breaks the law unless they're novelties that fit into the four S's: sparklers, snakes, snaps or smoke bombs. Police will be out enforcing the law in many communities, sometimes with a warning, sometimes with a ticket.
Deputy Chief Joseph Manning, Parma Police Department