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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

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Safety Information

  • Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  • Use a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
  • Do not alter any fireworks device or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  • Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, roman candles and fire crackers.
  • Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • Be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy. 
  • Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
  • Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.
  • Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.

Fireworks Laws

Indiana Fireworks Laws Fact Sheet

  • Fireworks can be purchased only by persons 18 years of age or older.
  • Fireworks may be used:
    1. on the user's property.
    2. on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks on that property.
    3. at a special discharge location.
  • Consumer fireworks may be used only between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on days other than holidays. On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year's Eve), fireworks may be used between 9:00 a.m. and midnight.  Check with local officials to see when you can discharge fireworks, as local ordinances may further restrict usage.

See above fact sheet for more on Indiana's fireworks laws and the penalties for violating them. Contact your local fire department if you have any questions about acceptable fireworks practices in your area.

Fireworks Application Section

NOTICE - Please contact us if an Indiana fireworks vendor does not display or has been unable to provide a certificate of compliance.  Call us at 317-232-1407 or e-mail Chris Clouse. Thank You.

Audio Files

Indiana Fire Marshal Jim Greeson - Fireworks Laws and Safety Tips

A Holiday Tradition

Purchasing and Storing Fireworks

Fireworks Laws

Safely Using Fireworks

Fireworks and Children


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