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Are fireworks illegal in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana? What to know before the Fourth of July

Cincinnati Enquirer

Memorial Day has come and gone, Pride Month is well underway and the Fourth of July is on the horizon.

For many, Fourth of July is not complete without lighting fireworks.

A pastime some consider as American as baseball, fireworks generated over $2.2 billion in consumer revenue last year. In total, consumers purchased around 246.5 million pounds of fireworks in 2023, according to facts and figures compiled by the .

Ohio fireworks law:Here's what you need to know about safety, holidays and more

Every July, cities across Ohio light up firework displays of their own. But for some, a do-it-yourself home display is more tempting.

Already sparking up July Fourth plans? Here's what you need to know about state fireworks laws in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Fireworks avaliable at Phantom Fireworks in Clarksville.   June 30, 2014

Firework laws in Ohio: What is illegal, what isn't

As of 2022, Ohio's fireworks law limits when and where consumers can discharge fireworks and what kind of fireworks they can use. Rules to note include:

  • Ohioans can discharge fireworks between 4-11 p.m. July 3, 4 and 5, and the Friday, Saturday and Sunday immediately before and after the holiday weekend.
  • Ohioans can only discharge 1.4G fireworks – the federal designation for consumer-approved fireworks.
  • People can set off fireworks on their own property or another person's property with their permission. Fireworks are prohibited on public property and private school property.
  • Those discharging or handling fireworks must be over the age of 18.
  • Persons under the age of 18 must be at least 150 feet away from where fireworks are being discharged.
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance can operate fireworks.
  • Fireworks must be discharged outdoors.
  • Do not set off fireworks toward any person or object (including buildings).

Local governments can set additional restrictions or prohibit fireworks entirely, so check with local officials first.

Read more about Ohio's fireworks law .

In total, around 246.5 million lbs of fireworks were purchased in 2023, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

Kentucky fireworks laws to know before July Fourth

All consumer fireworks are legal under Kentucky state law, with some limits on explosive composition amounts. The Legislature has a  of allowed consumer fireworks, including hand-held sparklers, fountain fireworks, cone fountains, ground spinners, sky and bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers and more.

Those under the age of 18 cannot buy or set off fireworks, and you cannot ignite fireworks within 200 feet of any home, vehicle, structure or another person.

However, local rules vary by county. For example, all fireworks that explode or fly are illegal in Jefferson County. Check with local officials for laws near you.

A variety of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana state laws limit when, where and how residents can discharge fireworks.

Indiana fireworks laws allow for a daylong displays on the Fourth of July

Hoosiers must adhere to a few statewide fireworks laws, including:

  • Those without a permit can purchase only consumer-grade, 1.4G fireworks.
  • Only people 18 years of age or older can purchase fireworks.
  • Consumer fireworks can only be discharged on personal property, the property of someone who has approved the use of fireworks or a location designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for discharging consumer fireworks.
  • Hoosiers can discharge consumer fireworks during the following times during Fourth of July weekend:
    • June 29 to July 3: from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset.
    • July 4: from 10 a.m. to midnight.
    • July 5 to July 9: from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset.
  • Throughout the year, Hoosiers can set off fireworks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., pending further limitations by local ordinances.
  • Minors can use and possess fireworks only if an adult is present.

Local ordinances may restrict the use of fireworks, so check with local officials first. Learn more on the .