Bill to legalize fireworks in Ohio hits snag

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An effort to legalize consumer grade fireworks in Ohio has hit a procedural snag.

The measure appeared to clear the House Health and Aging Committee on a 10-8 vote. But because the chairman adjourned before those voting signed the roll, the bill failed to pass.

That means it’s going nowhere this year. Wednesday is the last day for the House.

Current state law prohibits setting off bottle rockets, Roman candles and other recreational fireworks. While they can be bought in Ohio, they must be transported out-of-state within 48 hours after purchase.

Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery joined other opponents in testifying against the measure, saying it would increase injuries.

Sen. Dave Burke, the bill’s sponsor, argues it would give Ohioans the freedom to celebrate their “national pride and joy.”