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Fireworks Safety

Summer weather is here and with that comes firework season. Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the State Fire Marshal reminds all families and individuals that while fireworks can brighten up events, practicing safety can help keep the festivities going longer.

2018 Fireworks Safety Information

Safety Tips

  • Hand holding a lit sparklerNever let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks without adult supervision.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  • Use a clear, open area and keep the audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
  • Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks device.
  • 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.
  • Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators where the wind is blowing away from them.
  • Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
  • Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
  • 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

  • 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 a.m. and 11 p.m. on most days that are not holidays. On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year's Eve), fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. and midnight. On June 29-30, July 1-3 and 5-9, fireworks can be discharged until two hours past sunset. Check with local officials to see when fireworks can be discharged 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 the local fire department with any questions about acceptable fireworks practices in the area.

Fireworks Application Section

NOTICE - If an Indiana fireworks vendor does not display or has been unable to provide a certificate of compliance, please call the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Services at 317-232-1407 or e-mail CodePermits@dhs.in.gov.

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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