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Strasburg opts out of new fireworks law

| July 20, 2022

STRASBURG (WJER) (July 20, 2022) – Village residents are no longer permitted to set off consumer-grade fireworks for certain occasions.

Strasburg has opted out of Ohio’s new law allowing people to discharge higher-powered fireworks the weekends of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day, to ring in the new year, and during some other holidays throughout the year. Council unanimously approved the change Tuesday evening. 

Most municipalities in the area opted out of the law before it went into effect on July 1st, but officials in Strasburg decided to take a wait-and-see approach. Mayor Steve Smith wasn’t aware of any fireworks-related mishaps from residents setting them off for America’s birthday but supported council’s decision to prohibit the practice going forward (because of the risk of injury and the houses in town being so close to one another).

“I think that’s more prudent being the density of the town and the fireworks going off. It’s a safety issue as well.”

Other communities where it’s illegal to set off consumer-grade fireworks include Dover, Dennison, New Philadelphia, and Uhrichsville.

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