Changes to Ohio's Fireworks Laws

July 1, 2022: Change to Ohio’s fireworks laws. How does this impact Marietta residents?

What kind of fireworks can you use: Class 1.4G Consumer Grade Fireworks. Examples: Normal consumer used fire crackers, shells & mortars, roman candles, bottle rockets, sparklers, fountains, novelty items like airplanes, helicopters, and roses. If you are unsure if they are a legal firework then ask the retailer.

What times can you discharge fireworks: Between the hours of 4pm-11pm. (Anything after 11pm is subject to citation for disturbing the peace unless it’s an exempted holiday*.)

What days can you discharge fireworks: ONLY on the specific days listed:

  • January 1st* (Can discharge from Midnight-1am)fireworkscropped2
  • Chinese New Year’s Day
  • May 5th
  • Last Saturday, Sunday & Monday in May
  • June 19th
  • July 3,4,5th
  • The First Fri, Sat, & Sun before and after July 4th
  • The first Monday of September (and the prior Saturday & Sunday)
  • Diwali
  • December 31st* (Can discharge until 11:59pm)

Are there any restrictions: YES

  • You must be 18 years old to handle and discharge fireworks.
  • No one under 18 years of age shall be within 150 feet of the fireworks discharge.
  • You must discharge the fireworks on private property (Not the street or alleys) and they must land/remain on the same private property. (Ex: Do not shoot bottle rockets onto the neighbor’s property).
  • You CANNOT point, aim, or discharge any fireworks towards another person, animal, building, aircraft, watercraft, or emergency service personnel.

Tips for having fun with fireworks:

  • Don’t drink alcohol and shoot off fireworks.
  • Have a water source (garden hose or bucket of water) nearby in case of fires.
  • Keep children and animals away from the discharge site.

*Remember that YOU are liable for any injuries, death or property damage that may occur from discharging fireworks inside the city limits*

The Marietta Police Department is asking that residents be responsible, safe, and courteous when handling and discharging fireworks. Please read Ohio Revised Code 3743.45 and Ohio Administrative Code 1301:7-7-56(z) for further details.