April 17, 2014

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Lorain cracks down on illegal fireworks

LORAIN — Lorain police made good on a promise to crack down on illegal fireworks when they handed out 30 citations for the sale or discharge of fireworks between July 3 and July 5.
Thirteen of the citations came on July 4, with the most being issued between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. Police handed out six citations on July 3 and four citations on July 5.
Most people cited were adults, with two teenagers being cited when reports were released Thursday.
The crackdown is part of a summer-long effort to curb the amount of injuries caused by fireworks. Before the crackdown, police said they would send out a team of auxiliary police officers to investigate complaints.
Elyria and other communities around the county received complaints, but responded for the most part with warnings, according to area departments.
Fireworks such as bottle rockets and M-80s are sold legally in Ohio but cannot be used legally in Ohio. Novelty items like sparklers can be both bought and used in Ohio. 
Contact Ben Norris at 329-7119 or bnorris@chroniclet.com.