Are we liable for the loss of livestock, if our son set off fireworks on our property and it caused the neighbor’s horses to trample a colt?

Asked on July 15, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your municipality has a no fireworks ordinance in effect where you reside and your son illegally set off fireworks at your residence where your neighbor's colt was injured or killed, your son and perhaps you and your spouse could very well be liable for the loss and/or damages of your neighbor's colt.

If the fireworks were permitted, then most likely no liability unless you and your son knew that there would be an issue with the neighbor's livestock.

If you have property insurance, I would put your carrier on notice about the matter that you have written about.

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