Use of Fireworks

Below we have listed the “Use of Fireworks” established this year for July 4th celebrations according to Indiana state statue.

Location
In general, consumer fireworks may only be used at:

  • Special discharge locations;
  • The property of the person using the firework; or
  • The property of another who has given the individual permission to use fireworks on their property.

However, please note that a person who sets off fireworks, even in a legal location, may still be held liable for any resulting injuries or damage caused to another person or their property.

Age
Fireworks may only be used or possessed by individuals who are 18 or older unless an adult is present and responsible at the location of possession or use.

Dates and Times
Generally, state statute prohibits a person from igniting, discharging, or using consumer fireworks after 11 PM or before 9 AM. On holidays, as defined in Indiana Code 1-1-9-1(a) a person may not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks after midnight or before 9 AM. For New Year’s Eve, a person can ignite, discharge or use a consumer fireworks from 10 AM until midnight December 31 and until 1 AM January 1 (but not between 1 and 9 AM on January 1).

Please be aware of local ordinances that may limit the time frame for use of consumer fireworks even further. However, the following time frames are protected times when the use of consumer fireworks are not prohibited by state statute and may not be prohibited by local ordinance:

  • June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through July 9 between 5 PM and two hours after sunset.
  • July 4th between 10 AM and midnight
  • December 31 after 10 AM until 1 AM January 1st.

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