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The law surrounding discharging of fireworks in Indiana

What are Indiana Fireworks Laws?

Summary of Indiana Fireworks Law

One of the many ways that Americans celebrate their holidays is by setting off fireworks. In the Hoosier State, it's no different. It is important to make yourself aware of the laws surrounding fireworks, so you can have a safe holiday season and minimize the possibility of a firework personal injury claim.

Specific Designated Times for Fireworks

Indiana counties have some ability to adopt ordinances that regulate the days and hours that consumer fireworks can be discharged. However, any ordinance adopted cannot restrict the use of fireworks during times that are established by the State of Indiana as a statewide minimum standard. Because of this standard, counties and municipalities must allow consumers to use fireworks at the following times:

In addition to the times above, if there is no municipal ordinance limiting the use of fireworks, a person may discharge fireworks between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. the rest of the year.

Where Can I Set Off Fireworks?

Under Indiana law, fireworks can only be purchased by someone who is 18 years of age or over. However, children may use fireworks if an adult is present. All consumers must discharge fireworks on their own property, on the property of another who has given permission to discharge fireworks or at a special discharge location.
Penalties for violators

Under Indiana law, all persons who discharge fireworks at an unauthorized site can be charged with a Class C infraction, which carries a fine of up to $500. However, if the person was convicted of the same offense within five years, the person can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor, which carries an imprisonment term of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500.

Minors under 18 who possess or use fireworks outside of the presence of an adult can also be charged with a Class C infraction (Class C misdemeanor if committed within 5 years of a previous conviction).

Penalties for Breaking Fireworks Laws

If a person recklessly or intentionally uses consumer fireworks and causes harm, serious bodily injury or death to a person, the criminal penalties get much more serious and can rise to the level of a felony.

In addition to possible criminal penalties, anyone who uses fireworks in a negligent manner can be held civilly liable for injuries caused by their actions.
Consult an attorney

If you have been charged with a fireworks violation, contact our Indiana fireworks law attorney, who is experienced with fireworks-related legal issues. An attorney can advise you of your rights and work to prepare an effective defense on your behalf.

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