Know Indiana’s fireworks laws as Fourth of July approaches

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (June 29, 2015)- The Fourth of July is Saturday, but Hoosiers can begin setting off fireworks Monday.

Indiana law says exactly when and where people can use fireworks in the state.

Some cities and towns also have city ordinances that address fireworks usage. Statewide, people can use fireworks through Thursday, July 9.

There are three places cleared for fireworks usage in Indiana:

  • The user’s property.
  • On the property of someone who has given permission for it to be used to set off fireworks.
  • A special location designated by local authorities for fireworks discharge.

Setting off fireworks on someone else’s property without their permission can result in a fine of up to $500.

State law also dictates when people can use fireworks.

Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, you can start setting off fireworks at 9 a.m. and continue until two hours after sunset. On the Fourth of July, fireworks can be lit from 9 a.m. to midnight. Then after the holiday, the window returns to 9 a.m. until two hours after sunset.

State officials also urge Hoosiers to use caution when lighting fireworks.

“Fireworks, when handled properly, are very safe and we know that. We relatively have few injuries, last year in 2014 we had 140 injuries reported in the state of Indiana and about one-third of those were from children under the age of 18,” said Indiana State Fire Marshall Jim Greeson.




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