Fireworks in Indiana: Tips for buying legally and using safely

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As Fourth of July celebrations draw near, the Indiana State Fire Marshal wants to remind Hoosiers about safe and legal ways to buy and store fireworks.

Purchasing fireworks

  • Fireworks should only be purchased from a vendor with a valid Indiana fireworks sales permit. Fireworks vendors must have a permit from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s (IDHS) Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal.
  • If a sales permit is not on display, it is okay to ask employees to see it before purchasing any kind of fireworks. If a fireworks retailer is not displaying, and is unable to provide a copy of its permit, citizens can call the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety at 317-232-2222.
  • Fireworks cannot be sold to or purchased by anyone younger than 18.
  • Check packages and labels to make sure only 1.4G consumer fireworks are purchased; any other types of fireworks are illegal for consumer sales or purchases in Indiana, and may be more explosive.

Handling fireworks

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Be sure fireworks are out of the reach of children.
  • Consider buying glow sticks instead of sparklers for children – sparklers can burn at temperatures high enough to melt glass.

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