KOSCIUSKO — In anticipation of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, residents should review Indiana’s fireworks laws to make sure they are in compliance.
Residents are permitted to use consumer fireworks such as bottle rockets, roman candles, fire crackers, sparklers, ground spinners, cone fountains, wheels and cylindrical fountains. Special fireworks such as 1.3G fireworks require a permit from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prior to purchase, storage or use.
Fireworks can only by purchased by individuals 18 or older. Children may only possess or use a firework when an adult is present. Fireworks may only be used on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks or at a special discharge location.
Fireworks may only bee used between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on days other than holidays and between 9 a.m. and midnight on holidays including Independence Day.
Please keep in mind the following safety tips while using fireworks.
- Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place out of children’s reach.
- Always purchase your fireworks from licensed fireworks dealers.
- Use a clear, open area. Keep audience a safe distance away from the shooting site.
- Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any firework item.
- Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
- Be cautious lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions and light fireworks with wind blowing away from spectators.
- Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Always use fireworks outdoors.