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Ohio Governor Veto’s Firework Bill Days After Blue Jacket’s Goaltenders Death

It’s been a rough week for Ohio hockey fans, after the sudden death of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, in Michigan, at the hands of a wayward firework.  The accident, now widely known, took place after the goaltending coaches, daughters wedding.  It is hard to say if the decision Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made today, has any connection with the recent accident, but it is plausible.

Today he handed down a Veto on Senate Bill 113.  Currently in the state of Ohio, you are permitted to buy fireworks, however, it is illegal to set them off here.  Further, the moment you purchase them, you are on the clock.  You have 2 days to use them, that’s it.  The bill had aimed to allow the use of commercial grade fireworks, to not just be sold, but use in the state as well.

When questioned about his choice, the Ohio Governor had this to say.  “SB 113 would be a dramatic change in Ohio law, which would make Ohio one of the least restrictive states in regard to fireworks laws.  For these reasons, this veto is in the public interest.”  (

Again, the impact of our states youngest NHL Goaltender may have swayed him.  However, he gave no direct reference toward such, it would make sense, as that firework type would most likely be then legal, to use here.

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