With July 4 around the corner, the City of Beavercreek would like to remind residents about the city’s ban on fireworks. In March 2022, Beavercreek City Council passed Ordinance 22-12 to reaffirm the city’s ban on possessing, selling, or discharging fireworks within city limits.
The passage of this ordinance comes after Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 172 into law, allowing Ohio residents to set off consumer-grade fireworks on certain designated days of the year, including New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Juneteenth, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and several others.
Under home rule authority, House Bill 172 also allows cities to restrict days and times that a person may set off fireworks or impose a complete ban.
It has never been legal for Beavercreek residents to possess, sell, or discharge fireworks within the city. Council cited several reasons for reaffirming the city’s ban on fireworks, including the potential for serious personal injuries and significant property damage to residential and business areas, as well as protecting the public’s right to the quiet enjoyment of their premises.
Council was also presented with statistics from the Beavercreek Police Department, which stated officers received 94 complaints regarding fireworks in 2021, with 57 percent of those complaints reported during the week of Fourth of July.
Ordinance 22-12 went into effect in April 2022.