Obey Laws for Fireworks Safety

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fire Marshal is reminding Hoosiers of fireworks laws while enjoying the Independence Day holiday.

Fireworks should only be discharged on the user’s property, on someone else’s property with that person’s consent or at a special discharge location. They can only 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 July 1-3 and 5-9, fireworks can be discharged until two hours past sunset.
“These laws are established to protect Hoosiers during celebrations,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “People need to follow the law to ensure a safe and fun Independence Day.”
Contact local law enforcement to report someone violating fireworks laws.
General fireworks laws
• Fireworks can only be purchased by persons 18 years of age and older.
• Children may only possess or use any kind of fireworks when an adult is present.
• A person who uses fireworks at any place other than their own property, someone else’s property with that person’s permission or a special discharge location, may face up to a $500 fine.
• Intentionally using fireworks to harm someone else may result in six months to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
• Using fireworks to cause damage to someone else’s property may result in one year in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
• A person less than 18 years of age who possesses and uses fireworks without an adult present may receive a fine of up to $500.

For more information about fireworks safety and fireworks laws, visit getprepared.in.gov.

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