New updates to Fireworks Policy

City of Middletown follows new Ohio policy on fireworks

The City of Middletown will follow The State of Ohio’s new laws regarding fireworks. Below are the policies that reflect Ohio Revised Code 672.12. 

Beginning July 1, 2022, consumer grade (1.4g) fireworks and smaller may be discharged on the following holidays if all parameters are met.

July 3rd,4th, and 5th and the weekend before and after from 4 p.m. to 11p.m

Labor Day weekend 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Diwali 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

New Year’s Eve 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

New Year’s Day 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Chinese New Year 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Memorial Day 4 p.m. 11 p.m.

Juneteenth 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.


  1. No person under the age of 18 years old is permitted to handle or discharge fireworks.
  2. Persons under the age of 18 cannot be within 150 ft of the discharge point of aerial fireworks.
  3. No person can use fireworks while in possession or control of, or under the influence of, any intoxicating liquor, beer, or controlled substance. 
  4. Aerial devices cannot be discharged within 150 ft of spectators.
  5. Non-aerial devices cannot be discharged within 50 ft of spectators.
  6. No person can store in excess of 125 lbs. of fireworks unless they have additional safety measures and safeguards in place for such storage.
  7. Fireworks cannot be discharged indoors.
  8. Fireworks cannot be aimed or discharged toward any person or object (such as buildings).
  9. Fireworks cannot be discharged on public property or private school property - this includes the City's public parks.Fireworks safety graphic with tips and rules
  10. Fireworks cannot be discharged if drought conditions exist or other weather hazards exist.