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Be safe and legal while buying fireworks this Summer

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As people prepare for Summer celebrations, the Indiana State Fire Marshal is reminding people to be safe and legal with fireworks.

“Safety should be the first consideration for anyone planning to use fireworks, and that starts with only buying consumer-grade fireworks from authorized sellers,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.

Greeson said fireworks should only be purchased from retailers with valid Indiana fireworks sales permits issued by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s (IDHS) Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal. If a sales permit is not on display, it’s okay to ask an employee to see it before purchasing any kind of fireworks. If a fireworks retailer is not displaying a copy of its permit and cannot present it, call the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety at 317-232-2222 to verify a retailer’s permit or report a retailer without a permit.

Hoosiers should also keep the following in mind:

  • By law, fireworks cannot be sold to or purchased by anyone younger than 18.
  • Consider buying glow sticks instead of sparklers for young children. Sparklers can burn at temperatures hot enough to melt glass.
  • Check packages and labels to make sure only 1.4G consumer fireworks are purchased; any other types of fireworks are illegal for consumer sales or purchases in Indiana and may be more explosive and dangerous.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

Indiana residents can use fireworks between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on days other than holidays. On holidays such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve, Fireworks may be used between 9:00 a.m. and midnight. Indiana allows local municipalities to enact local restrictions. Fort Wayne is one of those cities that has its own restrictions.

 In the City of Fort Wayne, the fireworks may be used only between 5 p.m. and two hours after dusk (approximately 11 p.m.) from June 29th to July 3rd and July 5th to 9th. On the day before Memorial Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, the day before Labor Day and Labor Day, the hours are extended from 10 a.m. to midnight. For New Year'?s Eve, the hours are 10 a.m. Dec. 31 until 1 a.m., Jan. 1. Anyone with a fireworks-related complaint is to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 427-1222. You can read more about using fireworks in Fort Wayne on the city's website.

For more information on fireworks safety and other topics, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.

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