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Is your fireworks display legal where you live?

Laws vary state to state
Posted: 7:48 AM, Jul 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-04 08:07:23-04
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Firework laws vary state to state, but don't fret. We're here to break them down for you so you can sit back and enjoy the show.

In Ohio, residents can’t set them off unless they have a license, according to Attorney General Dave Yost.

Yost said residents over 18 can buy fireworks from a licensed dealer, but only licensed exhibitors of fireworks can set them off within state boundaries.

Residents are allowed to light wire or wood stick sparklers and “trick and novelty items” like smoke bombs, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

The following are permitted in Kentucky: “rockets and bottle rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, roman candles and mines. Ground and hand-help sparkling devices (dipped stick or wire sparklers), cylindrical and cone fountain, illuminating torch, wheel, ground spinner, flitter sparkler, smoke, novelties, trick noisemakers and audible ground devices,” the American Pyrotechnics Association says.

Indiana allows all “consumer fireworks that comply with the construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations of the U.S. Consumer Products Commission.”

Residents can only use fireworks between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on days that are not holidays. On holidays like 4th of July, Memorial Day and New Year’s, people can use firework from 9 a.m. to midnight.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated 5,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated last year between June 22 and July 22. Hands and fingers are most often affected, followed by legs and eyes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.