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The Indiana State Police wishes everyone a safe Independence Day and reminds Hoosiers of the Indiana fireworks law.
• Only individuals over the age of 18 may purchase fireworks.
• A person 18 years of age or older must be present when anyone younger then 18 is using or possessing fireworks.
• Fireworks may be used only on the user’s property, the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks.
• Fireworks may be discharged only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. any day except on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and New Years Eve when the times are 9:00 a.m. to midnight. It is important to check with local officials, as local ordinances may restrict the use of fireworks.
A person who violates this law can be charged with a class “C” infraction. 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 there is bodily injury it is enhanced to a class “D” felony, and if there is death a class “C” felony.
All fireworks have the potential to be dangerous when used improperly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission created the video below to remind everyone to put safety first.