A new Ohio law will allow non-professionals to shoot off consumer-grade fireworks this Fourth of July, but it will still be illegal in Strongsville and other area cities.
City Council voted unanimously to opt out of House Bill 172, which takes effect July 1 and allows residents to ignite fireworks on and around the Fourth of July and certain other holidays.
A number of other area cities, including Brunswick, North Royalton, Brook Park and Brecksville, have opted out of the new law, meaning only licensed professionals can set off pyrotechnics.
Strongsville will have its annual Fourth of July fireworks display in a new location this year -- on the Commons at 9:30 p.m. on July 4. It will be preceded by family fun starting at 6:30 p.m., including food trucks, inflatables, face painting and balloon animals.