Painesville City Council Seeks Input on Fireworks

Painesville City Council is seeking public input on the proposed changes to Painesville’s fireworks ordinance due to the State of Ohio’s recent legislation change, which would allow residents to set off consumer grade fireworks from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on specific days throughout the calendar year. Outside the set holidays, fireworks would remain prohibited in city limits.
In 2021, the State of Ohio passed House Bill 172 which changes state law regarding the lawful discharge of fireworks. The law now allows the legal discharge of consumer grade fireworks on certain holidays within the State of Ohio starting July 1, 2022. However, the law allows municipalities to place limitations on which holidays to uphold fireworks or to completely ban them.
The proposed changes to Painesville City Code was reviewed by the Painesville Police Department and Painesville City Fire Department to provide professional input. The first change includes removing the outdated language in Ohio R.C. 3743.44 within Chapter 159.04(a) and including the new state legislation. The second change would be allowing the discharge of consumer fireworks from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the following dates only: Cinco de Mayo, Juneteenth, July 3-5 and the weekends before or after the Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekend.
Residents are asked to provide input on this change by emailing Painesville Council Clerk Samantha Danielson at [email protected] before Monday, June 20 at 12:00 noon. Residents may also attend the Monday, June 6 or June 20 City Council Meetings at 7:30 p.m. in Painesville City Hall, Courtroom #1 to share their thoughts.
The proposed city code changes, if passed, would go into effect before the July 4 holiday.