(ORLEANS) – The Orleans Marshal’s office wants to remind everyone there are state laws regarding the use of Fireworks in Indiana. As the 4th of July fast approaches its important for everyone using fireworks to be aware of these laws.
“Always keep in mind that anyone using fireworks will be responsible for any damage done to surrounding properties caused by the careless use of fireworks,” said Town Marshal Richard Dixon. “Bottle rockets can cause damage to roofs and also create fire hazards. We recommend you only use fireworks that can be contained on your property and are not hazardous to your neighbor’s property.
The following are the laws of the state of Indiana regarding fireworks.
State law bars anyone under the age of 18 from having fireworks unless their accompanied by an adult.
Fireworks can be used from 9 a.m. until 2 hours after sunset throughout the year.
Specially designated days for fireworks use are June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through July 9. On those days fireworks may be used between 5 p.m. until 2 hours after sunset.
On holidays, fireworks may be used between 10 a.m. and midnight including July 4.
Damaging someone else’s property could result in a fine of $5,000.00 as well as one year of imprisonment. Restitution to property owners with damage could also be assessed.
Anyone using fireworks under the age of 18 without the presence of an adult could be fined up to $500.00 per infraction.
The Orleans Marshal’s office wants everyone to enjoy their 4th of July holiday and use fireworks responsibly and safely. As always be courteous and considerate of your neighbors in the use of fireworks, the loud noise can be very upsetting to older folks, people with health issues as well as pets. If you have questions you will find information about the fireworks laws of Indiana on the State Fire Marshal’s web site.
Celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks is a long-standing tradition. However, with that tradition comes several dangers. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that fire departments respond to 50,000 fires each year which is caused by fireworks.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the months of June, July, and August, more than 240 people per day are treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by fireworks.
“The best advice that I can give is to enjoy a firework show put on by professionals,” stated Orleans Town Marshal Richard Dixon. “If you choose to purchase and use fireworks, take precautions which will reduce the risk of injury or fire.”
Precautions for fireworks include:
- Use the fireworks away from buildings, trees or flammable materials.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
- Never put any part of your body over fireworks while lighting the fireworks device.
- Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose close by.
- Never point fireworks at a person or structure.
- Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees, hot enough to melt gold. Have an adult supervise children who are playing with sparklers.
“Following these simple precautions can help ensure that we all have a happy and safe Independence Day,” explained Marshal Dixon. “In case of injury or fire, call 911 immediately. “