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Police Chief: Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

As Independence Day approaches, the City of Hilliard Division of Police is reminding residents that setting off fireworks is illegal in our community.

Ohio law says it is legal for Hilliard residents to possess fireworks, but under Hilliard Code it is illegal to use or detonate them within the City limits. Small items such as smoke bombs, sparklers, and “poppers” remain legal to use in Hilliard.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holiday safely, and that means leaving the fireworks to the professionals,” said Chief of Police Michael Woods. “Let’s have a great holiday while being respectful of neighbors.”

Hilliard Freedom Fest is Saturday, July 1 at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park. A professional fireworks show will take place at dusk.

A report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds a significant upward trend in fireworks-related injuries. Between 2006 and 2021, injuries with fireworks climbed 25 percent in the U.S., according to CPSC estimates.

An estimated 11,500 were injured in incidents involving fireworks last year.

Tips to Celebrate Safely:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

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