Many folks in Stark County should soon start noticing some more boom, pop, sparkle and sizzle around their neighborhoods.
Most local governments are following Ohio’s lead and permitting residents to legally set off consumer fireworks. Even larger municipalities — like Canton, Alliance and Massillon — have not opted out of the state law, and for now are allowing the use of fireworks.
Meanwhile, Jackson, Lexington and Perry townships have set their own hours on days approved by the state.
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Last fall, Ohio legalized the personal use of fireworks. The new law kicks in Friday. It allows folks to set off fireworks starting Sunday on their own property or another’s property with permission.
The state is allowing communities to set some restrictions, or opt out by a vote of council. For instance, communities can decide not to allow fireworks. Or they can restrict them to certain hours or days.
North Canton has endorsed the state fireworks law.
“We’re not opting out, but encourage all our citizens to think safety first,” Mayor Stephan Wilder said.
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Alliance, Massillon and Canton, for instance, have no fireworks restrictions at least through the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
“We’re taking a’wait-and-see’ approach (as far as complaints and injuries) and plan to go from there,” Alliance Mayor Alan Andreani said.
Minerva, Hills and Dales villages prohibit fireworks
Minerva and Hills and Dales are two Stark villages that have opted out of the state law, and are not allowing fireworks at this time.
“Village Council chose to pass an ordinance that bans the discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks within the village,” Hills and Dales Mayor Mark Samolczyk said recently.
As of Monday, Massillon has not opted to nix the state law, meaning that residents can set off fireworks.
“For now, (by not opting out) the thinking is to allow the new law to function, but still maintain safety,” Massillon Fire Chief Matt Heck said.
Ohio’s new law notes that people cannot set off fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Legal and illegal fireworks in Ohio
Casual fireworks permitted for discharge in Ohio can be purchased at a local retailer, such as Phantom Fireworks, Wholesale Fireworks and Discount Fireworks, which are in Stark County. They include bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles and repeaters — or those that are lit once and fire multiple rounds.
Molly Whitehead, store manager at Phantom Fireworks, 2801 Faircrest St. SW, said the company has been lobbying Ohio lawmakers for years to legalize fireworks for general consumers.
“We’re super excited with (the new law) because this is our home state,” said Whitehead, noting that buyers of fireworks are handed a pamphlet explaining how to safely set off fireworks. “We’ve been trying for 12 years to pass this (law). “
There has also been an uptick in sales this year due to the state law and slowdown of COVID-19, Whitehead said. All fireworks sold at Phantom are consumer grade.
Fireworks that are illegal in Ohio include M-80 cherry bombs, M-100 ash cans, M-250 quarter sticks and M-1000 half sticks.
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Everything classified as “trick fireworks,” such as smoke bombs, snakes and sparklers, are free to use anytime and can be purchased at retail shops, gas stations and grocery stores.
What days are consumer fireworks permitted in Ohio?
Fireworks can be set off only on selected days of the year, as authorized by the state. They are: New Year’s Eve and Day, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day weekend, Juneteenth, Labor Day and Diwali.
The Fourth of July holiday is a bit different. Setting off fireworks is allowed on July 3, 4 and 5, as well as the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the holiday.
Canton Repository Reporter Malcolm Hall and Editorial Assistant Karen Sidaway contributed to this report.
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Here’s a list of Stark County cities and their position on Ohio’s fireworks law:
Alliance: No restrictions. The city is taking a “wait-and-see” approach in July.
Canal Fulton: No restrictions
Canton: No restrictions. City Council is to discuss fireworks at an upcoming meeting.
Louisville: No restrictions. City officials are going to see how the July 4 weekend goes.
Massillon: No restrictions
North Canton: No restrictions
Here’s a list of Stark County townships and their position on Ohio’s fireworks law:
Bethlehem Township: No restrictions
Canton Township: No restrictions
Jackson Township: Fireworks are permitted from 4 to 11 pm July 3, 4 and 5, and 4 to 11 pm on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday before and after July 4.
Lake Township: No restrictions
Lawrence Township: No restrictions
Lexington Township: Fireworks are permitted from 8 to 11 pm July 4, as well as the Saturday and Sunday before the holiday.
Marlboro Township: No restrictions
Nimishillen Township: No restrictions
Osnaburg Township: No restrictions
Paris Township: No restrictions
Perry Township: Fireworks are permitted from 8 pm to 12:30 am July 3, 4 and 5; as well as 8 pm to 12:30 am on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday before and after July 4. In addition, from 8 pm to 12:30 am on all other days approved by the state for the remainder of the year.
Pike Township: No restrictions
Plain Township: No restrictions
Sugar Creek Township: No restrictions
Tuscarawas Township: No restrictions
Washington Township: No restrictions
Here’s a list of Stark County villages and their position on Ohio’s fireworks law:
Beach City: No restrictions
Brewster: No restrictions
East Canton: No restrictions
East Sparta: No restrictions
Hartville: No restrictions
Hills and Dales: No fireworks permitted
Magnolia: No restrictions
Meyers Lake: No restrictions
Minerva: No fireworks permitted
Navarre: No restrictions
Waynesburg: No restrictions
Wilmot: No restrictions