‘Liars Law’ Still In Effect for Fireworks, But Changes Made

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LOVELAND, Ohio (AP) – Residents can still buy consumer-class fireworks in Ohio but this Fourth of July will be the first that doesn’t require buyers to sign a former identifying themselves and acknowledging that state law prohibits using fireworks.

The so-called “liars law” required anyone buying anything other than sparklers and other novelty items to promise that they’d take the fireworks out of the state within two days. Rozzi’s Fireworks President Nancy Rozzi says employees still remind consumers to comply with the decades-old law barring fireworks from being ignited in the state.

Ohio is among the four states that allow only novelties, along with Illinois, Iowa and Vermont.

Under state law, failing to take consumer-class fireworks outside Ohio’s borders within 48 hours could result in a $1,000 fine and six months behind bars.