With the Fourth of July approaching, a colleague at WKW recalled a time when as a teenager his younger brother lit a sparkling showers firework and it didn’t go off. After several seconds he went over to inspect the firework and it suddenly went off, showering sparks into his face and eyes and sending him to the hospital. Fortunately he only received first and second degree burns and did not sustain permanent damage. However in different circumstances his injuries could have been much more severe.
In less than one week most Americans will be celebrating the United States of America’s 236th birthday. Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. In light of the upcoming holiday, we thought we would share Indiana fireworks laws and safety tips with you. We would like to wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July!
- Only individuals 18 years of age or older may purchase fireworks.
- A person 18 years of age or older has to be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing fireworks.
- In general, fireworks may be discharged on holidays from 9am to midnight.
- Fireworks may be discharged only on your property, the property of someone who has granted permission, or at special discharge locations.
- Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
- Always purchase your fireworks from reliable, licensed dealers.
- Use a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
- Do not alter any fireworks device or attempt to make your own fireworks.
- Only light one firework item at a time and NEVERattempt to re-light a “dud”.
- Be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy.
- Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.
Some Indiana counties are experiencing drought like conditions and have issued burn bans. This may or may not impact the legal use of fireworks in your county. Clickhere to see if your county has an active burn ban.
Wilson Kehoe Winingham brings you this information with best regards for you and your family’s safety.
Bruce Kehoe Bill Winingham