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Fireworks and Celebratory Gunfire Laws

Fireworks Laws


SUBJECT:  Fireworks and Celebratory Gunfire

DATE:  June 30, 2023

As the July 4th weekend approaches, Chief Gabbard would like to remind Canton residents that the lawful discharge of fireworks is limited in scope and time. In July, lawfully discharging fireworks is permissible this weekend, next weekend, and July 3rd, 4th, and 5th – and only between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Fireworks, like gunfire, are dangerous, especially around children and in densely populated areas. Though the permissible use of fireworks was expanded in 2022, restrictions on peace disturbances still apply and city and state ordinances will be enforced accordingly.

Additionally, gunfire (including celebratory gunfire) within the city limits is illegal and dangerous.  Ordinance 549.03, along with multiple Ohio Revised Code sections apply to various situations. Based on our experience, we expect multiple complaints from citizens concerned for their safety and our officers will always respond to those concerns and observed violations of the law professionally. Our hope is that all Canton residents can safely enjoy the holiday with appreciation and respect for others in the community. Following are some highlighted fireworks restrictions for this upcoming weekend and holiday according to ORC 3743.45 and OFC 5626 (this is not an exhaustive list of restrictions).

  • No person under the age of 18 is permitted to handle or discharge fireworks.
  • No person can use fireworks while in possession or control of, or under the influence of, any intoxicating liquor, beer, or controlled substance.
  • Aerial devices cannot be discharged within 150 feet of spectators (this includes aerial shells, roman candles, cakes, and bottle rockets).Persons under the age of 18 cannot be within 150 feet of the discharge point of aerial fireworks.
  • Non-aerial devices cannot be discharged within 50 feet of spectators (this includes fountains, firecrackers, and ground effect devices).
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged indoors.
  • Fireworks cannot be aimed at or discharged toward any person or object (such as buildings).
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged on public property or private school property. This includes streets, roadways, and sidewalks.

Canton Police Department
221 3rd St SW Canton, OH 44702
(330) 489-3111

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