• A person 18 years of age or older must be present when anyone younger than 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 a.m. to 11 p.m. any day except on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve when the times are 9 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.
It’s the Fourth of July and we’re celebrating our freedom, so by all means have a heyday with all the fireworks you care to spend your money on. But, please, be careful about it. We want you to still be around come Labor Day.
THE ISSUE Fireworks safety OUR VIEW No one is immune from the dangers of fireworks -- big or small, legal or illegal.