Know the law in Indiana before shooting off fireworks

By: Michelle Anthony Email
By: Michelle Anthony Email

With the 4th of July nearing, it’s important to know when you can shoot of fireworks so you don’t end up with a fine, or even worse, a criminal charge.

Indiana state law says you can set off fireworks between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on any day. That excludes the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and New Years Eve when the times are 9 a.m.-midnight.

Just because it is state law, though, doesn't mean it applies to your city. It is important to check with local officials because ordinances may be different than the state.

For example, in South Bend, you can just now start lighting those sparklers. From Tuesday until July 9 only, you can set off fireworks between 5 and 11 p.m. The exception in that week and a half span is July 4th, because on that day, you can set off fireworks from 10 a.m. until midnight.

If you'd rather watch fireworks set off by a professional instead of doing it yourself, click on the link on the Big Red Bar to get a list of 4th of July weekend fireworks displays and othe events.

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