Hasnít the time come for Ohio to follow the lead of other states and make the full line of consumer fireworks legal for sale and use?
Forty-six states permit the sale and use of some level of consumer fireworks. Kentucky, Maine and Michigan have all gone to full-line consumer fireworks within the past two years. Those states have recognized two factors: The products are safer today; and the sale of consumer fireworks can raise some badly needed revenue for the government.
People love to watch professional fireworks displays, but they also love to shoot their own backyard fireworks too.
Fireworks and the 4th of July are synonymous. You simply cannot have a complete Independence Day celebration in America without fireworks.
Ohio legislators have the power to change the fireworks laws and bring Ohio to parity with so many other states that permit the sale and use of the full-line of consumer fireworks. This is long overdue.
While imports of fireworks have doubled from 117 million pounds in 1994 to 234.1 million pounds in 2011, the number of fireworks related injuries as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has dropped over 23 percent from 12,500 to 9,600 over the same period.
Write or e-mail your legislator and ask for legalization of the full line of consumer fireworks in Ohio. Take Ohio out of the consumer fireworks dark ages and into the modern era.
Please enjoy the Independence Day holiday with your family and celebrate safely.
ó William A. Weimer, Youngstown, Phantom Fireworks Vice President