Independence Day is Saturday, but many Hoosiers are getting an early start on their celebrations. Consumer fireworks can legally be discharged June 29 – July 3 from 9 a.m. until two hours after sunset. That cutoff time is extended to midnight on the 4th. From July 5 – 9 they can again be set off until two hours after sunset. Local ordinances may be more restrictive, so check before lighting the fuse.
Fireworks can only be purchased by people who are 18 or older. Children may only possess or use fireworks when an adult is present. A person younger than 18 who possesses or uses fireworks without an adult present is committing a Class C infraction.
Additionally consumer fireworks cannot be used on any public street or park. They may only be discharged on your property, the property of someone who has given you permission to set them off or at special discharge locations. Violators are subject to fines of up to $500.
Recklessly, knowingly or intentionally using fireworks that harm someone else is a criminal offense that may result in six months to three years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally using fireworks that causes damage to someone else’s property is a criminal offense that may result in one year in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Contact local law enforcement to report someone who is violating fireworks laws. Find more information about fireworks safety and laws online GetPrepared.IN.gov.