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Fireworks laws you should know before Fourth of July

INDIANA, (WOWO) – The State Fire Marshal reminds all Hoosiers to be safe and remember the Indiana fireworks laws while celebrating this holiday weekend.

Retailers must hold a permit through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Fire and Building Safety Division, and may only sell 1.4G and Section 8(a) fireworks. Fireworks may only be sold to people 18 years of age and older.

Before setting off fireworks, make sure to keep in mind what times they are can be used:

  • State Holidays: On state holidays it is legal to set off fireworks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., but this is limited by local ordinances.
    • June 29-July 3: 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset
    • July 4: 10 a.m. until midnight
    • July 5-9: 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset
    • December 31: 10 a.m. until midnight
  • Throughout the year: It is legal to set off fireworks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., but this may be limited by local ordinances.

Also, remember that fireworks may only be set off in certain areas, including:

  • On the user’s property
  • On the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks
  • At locally identified special discharge locations

There are certain penalties to violating the set times and locations for fireworks. A few examples include:

  • A person using fireworks anywhere other than the three previously listed places could face a maximum fine of $500 per infraction.
  • Damaging someone else’s property with fireworks could result in a fine of $5,000 as well as one year imprisonment.
  • Recklessly, knowingly or intentionally using fireworks and causing serious injury or death of someone else could face imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 possessing or using fireworks without the presence of an adult could face a fine of $500 per infraction.

For more information, visit www.GetPrepared.in.gov.

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