If you're planning to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a bang Thursday, you should know the laws in your state.
For instance, you can buy real firecrackers at some Ohio stores. But you have to sign a waiver stating you plan to use them outside Ohio.
Really, how much sense does that make?
Other states in the Great Cincinnati region have laws that make a little more sense.
What the Laws Say
--Ohio is the most restrictive. You can legally set off only the four S's: sparklers, snakes, snaps and smoke bombs.
--Kentucky is more lenient: Roman candles, firecrackers and bottle rockets are now allowed after of a 2011 law change.
--Indiana has always allowed firecrackers, Roman candles and bottle rockets.
However, Kentucky's new laws are a little tricky. Firecrackers can be sold only at state-approved fireworks stores.
Temporary tents set up in gas station parking lots are not legally allowed to sell firecrackers and other more potent devices, though some still do.
Whatever you buy, keep it safe, and don't waste your money.
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