With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we here at Williams, Kratcoski, Griffin & Can, LLC want to make sure you stay safe and out of trouble this holiday.


The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate America and our freedom as Americans. What a better way to celebrate than fireworks? Just be careful with how you choose to enjoy any fireworks. The State of Ohio has strict rules on the use, sale, and manufacturing of fireworks in order to maintain safety. For example, in the State of Ohio it is legal to purchase fireworks; however, they must be transported out of the state within 48 hours. Ohio law does not permit the use of fireworks by anyone other than those who have an Exhibitor’s License.

In order to obtain an Exhibitor’s License an individual must meet the qualifications laid out by the Ohio Revised Code. If you meet the qualifications you are eligible to take the Firework Exhibitors Exam.  In order to receive your Exhibitor’s License you must receive a 70% or higher on the Firework Exhibitors Exam.

If you are caught setting off fireworks without an Exhibitor’s License you could face penalties such as being arrested or fined. For more information on the in-and-outs of firework use, check out the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal.

Drinking and Driving

Fireworks aren’t the only thing that can get you in trouble this holiday. Having a few too many drinks and deciding to drive could also land you in some trouble. In the State of Ohio if you are pulled over for suspicion of drinking and driving you could face penalties and/or fines. The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in the state of Ohio is 0.08% for adults 21 and over. For underage drivers the BAC limit cannot exceed 0.02%. Be cautious of your alcohol consumption as you enjoy the holiday festivities.

Enjoy your holiday celebrations and be safe!