Only a licensed fireworks exhibitor can shoot consumer fireworks in Ohio. Interested applicants must apply with the Bureau of Testing and Registration (T&R), pass an exam, and complete a background check. Applicants must submit a letter of proficiency in the handling and discharging of fireworks from an Ohio licensed exhibitor or possess a certified copy of a fireworks license from another state.
What is the process for fireworks exhibitions?
An exhibition permit is required for all firework exhibitions, which is issued by the local fire chief, police chief or county sheriff. The permit specifies the date, time, location and various other parameters of how the exhibition will be executed. Applicants must be a licensed fireworks exhibitor, and the fireworks must be purchased from an Ohio licensed wholesaler, manufacturer, or out-of-state shipper. Authorities inspect the exhibition site before, during and after the exhibition using a State Fire Marshal issued checklist. Federal, state and local laws and regulations must be followed. The exhibition must also comply with safety provisions of the ORC and the Ohio Fire Code (ORC. 3743.50 – 3743.56). During the shoot, only registered employees and the certified fire safety official are allowed within the discharge site.