Remember Fireworks Laws This Fourth of July

by Staff on June 26, 2011 · 1 comment

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Fireworks at the Statue of LibertyIn a little over a week, Americans everywhere will celebrate the 235th birthday of our country. As is tradition, many of us will celebrate the occasion with fireworks. The Indiana State Police would like to remind everyone of the following Indiana fireworks laws to ensure the celebrations and both legal and safe.

  • Only individuals 18 years of age or older can purchase fireworks.
  • A person 18 years of age or older has to be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing fireworks.
  • Fireworks can only be used on the user’s property, the property of someone granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks.
  • Fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. any day except on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve where the times are 9:00 a.m. to midnight.

Anyone who violates the above law can be charged with a Class C infraction. Further, if a person recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally uses fireworks and the violation causes property damage, they can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If the misuse results in bodily injury, the penalty is enhanced to a Class D felony. If a death results from the misuse, the penalty is enhanced to a Class C felony.

Anyone who plans to use fireworks at anytime during the year should check local government entities for any local ordinances which may further restrict or have additional requirements for the use of fireworks.

Children using fireworks should be monitored closely by an adult. Each year many children suffer severe burns to the hands and arms as well as other injuries due to improper handling of sparklers, bottle rockets, and firecrackers.

The staff at Mitchell News wish you a safe and happy holiday.

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