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The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a show by a licensed exhibitor.
1.4G FireworksCommonly referred to as consumer fireworks, these include firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and fountains. A license is needed to sell these, but anyone over the age of 18 may purchase these items, but must sign a form certifying they will take the fireworks outside the state of Ohio within 48 hours. It’s illegal to set them off in Ohio.
The Division of State Fire Marshal operates a Fireworks Incident Team (FIT) to respond to the scene of any fireworks accident to investigate and assist local authorities. Investigations by FIT have led to both administrative and criminal action being taken against exhibitors who fail to follow the regulations.
Only licensed fireworks exhibitors can perform fireworks exhibitions. Exhibitors must undergo 6 hours of training on fireworks laws and safety every 3, and must, in turn, relay that training to all employees annually.