- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Consumer grade fireworks would be legal to use in Ohio under legislation moving through the state Legislature.

Current state law prohibits setting off firecrackers, smoke bombs and other recreational fireworks available for purchase in Ohio and says they must be transported out-of-state within 48 hours of being bought.

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Dave Burke, a Marysville Republican, cleared the Ohio Senate in a 21-7 vote Tuesday. Burke says it would give Ohioans “the freedom to celebrate their national pride and joy in a safe and responsible manner.”

A companion measure is moving through the Ohio House.

Sen. Shannon Jones, a Springboro Republican, was among opponents raising the issue of safety. She questioned why the state fire marshal hadn’t testified.

Victims of fireworks accidents testified against the bill.


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