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July 1, 2014

Be informed about Indiana’s fireworks laws

The Indiana State Fire Marshal is encouraging Hoosiers who plan on celebrating Independence Day with fireworks to know the law before they light a fuse.

Indiana’s fireworks laws can be found in Indiana Code 22-11-14, and cover when, where and who can discharge fireworks.

“Fireworks are a holiday tradition for many Hoosier families on the Fourth of July. Indiana’s fireworks laws were created to help protect families and communities from the danger fireworks can present if not used properly,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.

Where can fireworks be legally discharged?

Fireworks may be discharged on the user’s property, the property of someone who has granted permission, or at locally-approved special discharge locations.  Remember, those setting off fireworks are still responsible for any property damaged by their fireworks even if they were discharged from a legal location. That should be kept in mind when using bottle rockets, Roman candles or any other aerial fireworks.

When can fireworks be used?

According to state law, fireworks may be discharged between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on most days other than holidays. On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve) they can be discharged until midnight. On June 29 to 30, and July 1 to 3 and 5 to 9, fireworks can be discharged until two hours past sunset.

Communities in Indiana may have ordinances in place that further restrict the days and hours in which fireworks can be used. Please contact local fire departments or local officials to find out what the restrictions are.

Who can use fireworks?

Fireworks can only be purchased by persons 18 years of age and older. Children may only possess or use fireworks when an adult is present and is responsible for the child’s conduct. A person younger than 18 years of age who possesses or uses fireworks without an adult present is committing a Class C infraction.

What could happen if fireworks laws are violated?

Persons who use fireworks at any place other than their own property, someone else’s property with proper permission or a special discharge location, may face up to a $500 fine.

Recklessly, knowingly or intentionally using fireworks that harm someone else is a criminal offense that may result in six months to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Recklessly, knowingly or intentionally using fireworks that causes damage to someone else’s property is a criminal offense that may result in one year in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

The Fire Marshal asks citizens to contact local law enforcement to report anyone violating fireworks laws.

For more information about fireworks safety and fireworks laws visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.

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