Statement issued by the Indiana Fire Marshal:
With the Fourth of July weekend only two weeks away, many Hoosiers are already beginning to celebrate by purchasing and discharging fireworks. The Indiana Fire Marshal wants to make sure that fireworks’ consumers follow a few common sense safety tips to help keep the festivities safe. The Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
“Typically, on Independence Day, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day of the year” says Indiana Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “Half of these are caused by the mishandling of fireworks. Consumers should always use fireworks responsibly to avoid potential injuries to themselves, spectators and firefighters.”
- Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
- Glow sticks make an excellent alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.
- 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 ignition 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 firecrackers.
- Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
- Have a fire extinguisher, hose, bucket of water or other water source 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.
- Only individuals 18 years of age or older may purchase fireworks.
- In general, fireworks may be discharged on some holidays, including Independence Day, from 9 a.m. to midnight. On most other days of the year, fireworks may be discharged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Check with local officials about when you can discharge fireworks, as local ordinances may further restrict usage.
- Fireworks may be discharged only on your property, the property of someone who has granted permission, or at designated discharge locations.
- Know the laws for your area and obey them! Penalties are in place for violation of Indiana’s fireworks laws.
- Contact your local fire department if you have any questions about acceptable fireworks practices in your area.
The city of Fort Wayne website offers provisions of its fireworks ordinance, which include:
* Fireworks may be used only on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks, or at a special discharge location. (Note: A special discharge location is a place designated by the State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks).
* Fireworks can be purchased only by adults 18 years of age or older. Children under 18 may only use fireworks when an adult is present.
* Fireworks may be used only between 5:00 p.m. two hours after dusk (approximately 11:00 p.m.) from June 29-July 3 and again from July 5-9. On the day before Memorial Day, Memorial Day,
* July 4th, the day before Labor Day and Labor Day, the hours are extended from 10 a.m. until midnight.
* For New Year’s Eve, fireworks may be used from 10:00 a.m. Dec. 31 until 1:00 a.m., Jan. 1.
* Penalties for violating the fireworks law can range from a Class A misdemeanor up to a Class C felony in the case of the reckless or intentional use of fireworks that results in a person’s death.