Posted by Dave Dykema - email
(WTOL) - With the Fourth of July comes fireworks. The problem is, depending on where you are, they may be illegal.
And every year people get hurt.
So let's go over those fireworks basics again:
It's hard to get much more straightforward than Toledo's fireworks law.
"The City of Toledo ordinance says you cannot possess for sale or display any fireworks whatsoever in the City of Toledo," says Former Sgt. Richard Murphy, News 11 Crime Expert.
That means any private citizen, with one exception.
"The only person who can discharge fireworks or sell fireworks is a permit holder, and there's a fee you have to pay to the city for that permit."
Even carrying them across state lines is a no-no.
"You can't buy fireworks in Michigan and bring them into Ohio and you can't buy fireworks in Ohio and bring them into Michigan. So I don't see how you can transport them, but people do every day and it's illegal!" says Murphy.
But obviously, people still will set them off. So if you're bound and determined to do it...
"If you do illegally use fireworks, be safe. Don't do it around children. Don't be intoxicated... That is a disaster waiting to happen. use your head during this 4th of July and have a good day."
Also, don't forget just how much those fireworks could upset you and your neighbors' pets.
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