By David Fong
The state of Ohio has some of the most restrictive fireworks laws in the country.
So while a small number of fireworks, such as sparklers and snakes, are legal, many more — including but not limited to: Black Cats, Roman Candles, screaming mimis, lady fingers, fuzz buttles, snicker bombs, gut busters, zippity do das, spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, hoosker dos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers (with or without the scooter stick), and whistlin’ kitty chasers — are not legal in the state of Ohio.
We cannot condone the illegal use of fireworks within Ohio’s borders. Therefore, our No. 1 rule regarding fireworks safety is simple: Leave it to the professionals this Fourth of July. There are plenty of communities within the area offering fireworks shows to celebrate the holiday and we cannot recommend strongly enough that you take advantage of them.
However, if you will be spending your Fourth of July in a state in which fireworks are legal and will be setting them off yourself, we strongly urge you to follow the following safety tips, as provided by the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
• Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
• Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
• A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
• Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
• Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
• Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
• Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
• Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
• FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
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