Need to know: Fireworks laws in the Tri-State

Need to know: Fireworks laws in the Tri-State

It's that time of year again, fireworks sales are going up just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, but before you buy -- you need to know what's legal and what's not.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, licensed businesses in Ohio can legally sell fireworks that shoot up into the air but it's illegal to use them in the state without a license.

You could serve up to six months in jail or pay $1,000 fine if you ignite them.

If you do buy fireworks in Ohio, you must be taken out of the state within 48 hours.

What is legal? Trick and novelty items like sparklers, smoke devices.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, in Kentucky if you're 18 or older you can buy consumer fireworks that comply with the construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission which includes aerial fireworks from rockets and
bottle rockets, helicopters, roman candles.

Ground and hand-held sparkling devices are also allowed, as well as trick and novelty fireworks like sparklers and smoke devices.

But before you set them off, check and be sure your local ordinance to see if it's OK.

A handful of local communities have put their own regulations in place to discourage this state law.

In Indiana, the laws are very similar to Kentucky in what kind of fireworks you can buy.

Here's some differences -- fireworks may only be set off on the users property,f the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks or at locally mandated special discharge locations.

There are specific hours in Indiana, fireworks may be used only between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on days other than holidays.

On holidays, fireworks may be used from 9 a.m. until midnight.

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