Don't Set Your Lawn on Fire With Illegal Fireworks This Week


1 comment


It's July Fourth week here in Amurica, which means every rightful American has the burning desire to blow something up in the name of patriotism and hot dogs and reality TV. This is problematic in most cases because it's illegal to set off the ole M80 in your backyard for some DIY firework extravaganzas. Authorities caution the razzle and dazzle light spectacular should be left to the professionals, which means you probably should resist lighting those incandescent celebrations you bought off the side of the highway in NY.

If you do try to throw the big middle finger at Johnny Law — "This is America! I have the right to blow shit up!" — and set off some skyway sparklers, do try to be safe and not lose a limb or a finger. That will put a damper on the festivities.

Also avoid setting anything on fire, as that might draw the attention of the cops.

We already have a teaching moment on the latter point today from North Royalton and WEWS. A gentleman set off some fireworks in his backyard. They caught his lawn on fire. Cops showed up, as did responders from multiple cities, and the road had to be temporarily closed down.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night in the 16000 block of W. 130th St. Police said a neighbor called, reporting the problem.

For a short time, the road had to be shutdown as firefighters from multiple communities aided in putting the flames out.

Damage was limited to brush and ground vegetation along a ravine in the man's yard.

The 42-year-old man, whose name has not been released, told authorities he tried to contain the fireworks blaze using his garden hose, but wasn't able to. He was arrested at the scene.

Yes, a garden hose is the way to go. Remember that, party people.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.