There is no such thing as a ‘backyard fireworks permit’

In an effort to reduce the number of fires and fireworks-related injuries, the Division of State Fire Marshal encourages Ohioans to attend public fireworks displays hosted by local municipalities and licensed exhibitors this July 4th holiday.

“The best way for Ohioans to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a licensed, professional fireworks exhibition,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “Keep in mind that even trick and novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are inherently dangerous and can cause serious injury.”

The only types of fireworks that can be legally purchased and discharged in Ohio are trick and novelty devices. These include items that smoke, sparkle, snap and snake. For those who choose to have their own display using these legal fireworks, Marshal Flowers encourages Ohioans to follow some important safety tips:

* Handle and discharge trick and novelty devices only under adult supervision.
* Appoint one adult to be in charge. This person should know the hazards of each type of firework being used.
* Carefully read and follow the label directions on the trick and novelty device packaging.
* Light only one sparkler at a time and hold it away from your body and others.
* Sparkler wires, which can burn up to 1800 degrees, should immediately be placed in a bucket of water to avoid injury as they remain hot for a few minutes after burnout.
* If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for two or three minutes and seek medical attention when necessary.

Other fireworks, like those sold at fireworks stores around Ohio, can be legally purchased in the state, but you must agree to take them out of Ohio to discharge within 48 hours. “You must be at least 18 years of age to buy items such as firecrackers and bottle rockets at the stores you see along the roadways of Ohio,” said Flowers. “But firing them off within state boundaries is prohibited.”

There are stiff penalties for the illegal possession or discharge of fireworks. It is a first-degree misdemeanor for non-licensed individuals to discharge fireworks in Ohio, to falsify an application when purchasing fireworks, or to possess them for more than 48 hours without taking them out-of-state. First-time offenders are subject to up to a $1,000 fine and six months imprisonment.

2014 Fireworks Frequently Asked Questions
What types of fireworks can be legally discharged in Ohio?
Trick and novelty fireworks include items such as sparklers, snaps, glow snakes and smoke bombs. In general, these can be sold in Ohio and used in the state. But check with your local community which may have its own rules preventing these from being sold or used.

Are any fireworks completely safe?
Firecrackers and sparklers cause the most injuries. Severe burns, injuries to the hands, eyes and face, and even blindness or hearing loss can happen anytime something is burned. For example, legal sparklers burn at up to 1800°, hot enough to melt gold. Severe burns happen every year. In addition, puncture-type injuries to an eye are common. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a show by a licensed exhibitor.
What types of fireworks are illegal to discharge in Ohio without a license and permit?

1.3G Fireworks
Display or exhibitor fireworks include aerial shells that are fired from mortars. They can only be sold by a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, or, under limited circumstances, out-of-state shippers. They can only be sold to a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler or exhibitor. 1.3G fireworks can only be discharged by a professional, licensed exhibitor. These fireworks can only be discharged by a licensed exhibitor in accordance with Ohio laws regarding exhibitions, including a properly issued exhibition permit issued by the local fire and police departments.

1.4G Fireworks
Commonly referred to as consumer fireworks, these include firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and fountains. A license is needed to sell these, but anyone over the age of 18 may purchase these items, but must sign a form certifying they will take the fireworks outside the state of Ohio within 48 hours. It’s illegal to set them off in Ohio.
How many fireworks stores are in Ohio?
There are 86 licensed wholesalers in Ohio. There are also twelve licensed manufacturers which may manufacture and sell fireworks. There is currently a moratorium preventing the issuance of any new sales licenses.

What is a purchaser form?
If you buy fireworks in Ohio, you have to sign a purchaser form certifying you will take the fireworks out of state within 48 hours. Purchasers are responsible for illegal use of the fireworks, including any damages. Making a false statement on the form is a first-degree misdemeanor. The purchaser’s copy of the form must accompany the fireworks, be attached to an invoice itemizing the quantity of fireworks purchased, the amount of the sale, and made available upon request by a law enforcement officer or fire authority.

Are there penalties for failing to follow Ohio’s fireworks laws?
Yes. Most first time violations are first-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Illegal fireworks can be confiscated by law enforcement authorities. Violations include falsifying the purchaser form, failing to complete the form, failing to transport fireworks out of state within the specified time period, and discharging fireworks.

How many injuries result from fireworks use?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2013. Children under the age of 15 accounted for 40% of the injuries.

How does the State Fire Marshal promote fireworks safety in Ohio?

The Department of Commerce actively reviews and works to increase fireworks safety, both in showrooms and for public exhibitions. The Department focuses on the regulation and education of the fireworks industry and those involved in the exhibition of fireworks.
The Division of State Fire Marshal operates a Fireworks Incident Team (FIT) to respond to the scene of any fireworks accident to investigate and assist local authorities. Investigations by FIT have led to both administrative and criminal action being taken against exhibitors who fail to follow the regulations.

What is the process for fireworks exhibitions?
A permit from local authorities is required for all exhibitions. The permit specifies the date, time, location and various other parameters of how the exhibition will be executed. Authorities inspect the exhibition site before, during and after the exhibition using a State Fire Marshal issued checklist. Only licensed fireworks exhibitors can perform fireworks exhibitions. During the shoot, only registered employees and the certified fire safety official are allowed within the discharge site.

Only licensed fireworks exhibitors can perform fireworks exhibitions. Exhibitors must undergo six hours of training on fireworks laws and safety every three years, and must, in turn, relay that training to all employees annually.

Water Main Break

6/16/14 – Boil Alert Lifted

Please be advised that there has been a water main break on Sugar Creek. Repairs are in progress and should be completed by 11AM, if not sooner.

Following repairs there will be a BOIL ALERT for the effected area. The area without water is on the east side of the lake Sugar Creek and Lake Crest area.

Cleanup Day Recap

The Annual Roaming Shores Cleanup Day was last Saturday. We managed to pack full eight 40 yard roll-offs with junk and one roll-off with scrap metal. In addition, Goodwill Industries received enough donations to overwhelm the capacity in their large moving truck. The volunteer helpers at the event were made up RRA and Village employees, board and council members. The day was a success!

Long line forming

Long line forming
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Hydrant Flushing

The Village of Roaming Shores will be flushing hydrants NEXT week. The schedule for flushing is:

  • April 28th: West Side
  • April 30th: East Side
  • May 2nd: Forman Rd.

Flushing could stir up the water in the system, so please take care and make sure the water is running clear before doing any laundry.

Annual Spring Clean-up Day


On the Clubhouse Green
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

FREE and open to Roaming Shores Village residents only

No limit on car, van, trailer or pick-up loads; no commercial or landscaping vehicles allowed

Acceptable items: furniture, mattresses/box springs, carpets, toys, bicycles, grills, mowers etc…or all refuse that does not fit into a curbside garbage container

Unacceptable items: tires, refrigerated appliances, batteries, barrels or drums, bullets or shells, commercial waste, dirt, rocks, bricks, tree stumps, combustible materials, liquid and hazardous waste, toxic materials, paint cans, yard waste, food waste and gas cylinders

New this year: Goodwill will be present to accept donations and provide tax-deductible

Rain or Shine!

RSPD Blind Squirrel Lottery

squirrelThe Friends of the Roaming Shores Police Department will host a fundraising lottery and dinner on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Rome Rock Association Clubhouse to support the Village Police Department’s 2014 levy campaign.

Tickets are $25 per person. In addition to a chance at a $2,000 winner-takes-all-prize, access to a 50/50 raffle and live entertainment, a generous buffet will be served of roasted chicken, roast beef in au jus, cavatelli and meatballs, red skin potatoes, green beans with almonds, rolls and butter, tossed salad and gourmet brownies for dessert. The event is B.Y.O.B., but coffee, ice, water and cups will be provided.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner served at 6:00 p.m. The grand prize winner – who need not be present – will be determined by the results of the Ohio PICK 3 at 7:30 p.m. Each of the 200 tickets sold will be assigned five of the 1,000 numbers available.

“We are calling this event the Blind Squirrel Lottery because the odds to win a large amount of cash are very good,” said Todd Gress, chairman of the Roaming Shores Village Safety Committee. “Only two hundred tickets will be sold and each ticket represents a one in 200 chance of winning.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Todd at 440-563-3523 or Chief Randy Rasmussen at 440-474-2304 or Patrolman Dan Bennett at 440-474-2303.