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Are fireworks legal in my city?

Are fireworks legal in my city?

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – If you like fireworks, rockets or Roman candles, don’t come to Willoughby to celebrate the 4th of July.

“Willoughby, along with several other cities in Northeast Ohio, has decided not to comply with the law, which essentially means they are still illegal in the city,” said Capt. Mike Kocab of the Willoughby Fire Department.


Unless prohibited in your local jurisdiction, such as here in Willoughby, Ohio residents are permitted to set off consumer fireworks, generally between 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

The state fire marshal also says that Class 1.4 fireworks may be set off on July 3, 4 and 5, and on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before and after July 4.

Other rules include:

  • Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to handle or set off fireworks.
  • Persons under the age of 18 may not be within 150 feet of the discharge site
  • No one is allowed to set off fireworks if he is in possession of or has control over alcohol, beer or narcotics.

“For example, in Willoughby, we have very small lots. So if you shoot a projectile a couple hundred feet up in the air, the wind will blow it a couple houses away and if it’s dry, you can have fires in the yards. All sorts of things can end up on people’s roofs,” said Captain Kocab.

As for enforcement, Captain Kocab says the law can be confusing because some may not understand that local bans take precedence over state law.

“If they come across someone setting off fireworks and they get a complaint about it, they go up to that person, talk to him or her, explain to him or her that the law has not changed and ask him or her to stop setting off fireworks,” he said.

If legal, consumers are allowed to set off fireworks on their own property or on someone else’s property, with the owner’s permission.

But for the ultimate party, fire officials say, leave it to the experts.

“I would encourage people to leave it to the professionals and watch the demonstrations in their area for themselves,” Kocab said.