OHIO (WJW) — For the first time, commercial fireworks will be legal to set off at homes across Ohio starting the Fourth of July.
House Bill 172 allows Ohio residents to legally buy and now fire off the fireworks, but it also gives communities the opportunity to set local limitations.
Below is a list of the larger communities and cities in NE Ohio that have announced they will not permit fireworks. This list will likely grow; check back for updates.
**If your community is not on this list and it has banned fireworks, please email the information to email@example.com**
- Amherst: The discharge of fireworks in the city will remain prohibited.
- Avon Lake: City council passed an ordinance to keep the prohibition of the discharge of fireworks in the city limits as a law.
- Bay Village: City Council will continue the present ban on the use of consumer-grade fireworks.
- Bedford: Bedford City Council passed an ordinance in May that imposes a complete ban on the use of consumer-grade fireworks.
- Bedford Heights: The city has reaffirmed a ban on discharging, igniting or exploding fireworks in the city.
- Berea: City Council reaffirmed the ban on discharging, igniting or exploding fireworks.
- Brook Park: City Council passed an ordinance banning the use of consumer-grade fireworks.
- Brunswick: The discharge of fireworks is restricted in city limits.
- Cleveland: The receipt, storage, possession, sale, use or discharge of consumer fireworks is not allowed without a permit.
- Cleveland Heights: Cleveland Heights City Council has had two readings of an ordinance amending a section of the codified ordinances prohibiting the discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks.
- Eastlake: The discharging of fireworks in the city will remain illegal.
- Euclid: According to the Euclid Police Department, Euclid will not have a public fireworks display for July 4, and private use of fireworks in the city is still illegal.
- Fairport Harbor: The existing ban on possession and discharge of fireworks in the village limits remains in effect. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
- Highland Heights: City Council approved continuing a ban on fireworks.
- Lakewood: All fireworks are illegal in Lakewood, according to legislation.
- Mayfield Village: Mayfield Village has banned the discharge of fireworks within its boundaries per Ordinance 2022-04, passed May 16, 2022.
- Medina: The city has elected to continue a restriction on discharging fireworks within city limits.
- Mentor: Fireworks possession is legal in the city, but discharge remains prohibited.
- Mentor-on-the-Lake: City council opted out of House Bill 172, reaffirming the ban on discharging, igniting or exploding of fireworks.
- Middleburg Heights: Consumer-grade fireworks are banned.
- Newburgh Heights: Newburgh Heights Village Council voted une 7 to opt out of the legislation. Although fireworks possession is now legal in Newburgh Heights, discharge remains prohibited.
- North Royalton: Personal fireworks are not permitted in the city limits of North Royalton.
- Parma: Parma City Council voted unanimously to opt out of the Ohio Fireworks Law. It is illegal for residents to discharge fireworks in the City of Parma.
- Pepper Pike: Mayor Richard Bain tells FOX 8 setting off fireworks is banned in the city, per local ordinance.
- Rocky River: Rocky River City Council has re-affirmed the laws of the city stating the possession, discharge, ignition or exploding of fireworks are not permitted.
- Seven Hills: City ordinance maintains it is still illegal to set off fireworks within the municipality.
- Shaker Heights: Shaker Heights City Council voted to ban fireworks. Fireworks possession is legal in Shaker Heights but the discharge of consumer-grade fireworks remains prohibited.
- South Euclid: The discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks are banned.
- Strongsville: The city has opted out of House Bill 172, so it will still be illegal for residents to set off fireworks.
- Tallmadge: Consumer fireworks are prohibited.
- Twinsburg: Twinsburg City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of consumer-grade fireworks.
- Wadsworth: The city of Wadsworth has chosen to keep its fireworks prohibitions in place.
- Warrensville Heights: Warrensville Heights City Council passed an ordinance that no person shall discharge, ignite or explode any fireworks within the Municipality of Warrensville Heights unless they have written permission from the fire chief.
- Westlake: Westlake City Council passed legislation banning the discharging, ignition or exploding of consumer-grade fireworks anywhere in the city. It does not apply to novelties, like sparklers, noisemakers and small novelty smoke bombs.
- Wickliffe: City council passed legislation that will keep the discharging of fireworks illegal in the city.
- Vermilion: The city does not permit the discharge of fireworks in the city limits after legislation was passed June 13.