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Indiana State Police reinforce fireworks safety laws

Before you light up that roman candle next Friday, the Indiana State Police would like to remind all Hoosiers to follow the state fireworks laws. Here's a refresher in case you're a little rusty:
  • You can only buy fireworks if you are 18 or older
  • An adult above the age of 18 must be present when a minor uses or possesses fireworks
  • Fireworks can only be used on the user’s property, the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for the use of consumer fireworks
  • Normally, you can only discharge fireworks between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., but on Friday, July 4th, you can celebrate for one extra hour - until 12 midnight.

Seems simple enough, but police say if you get caught violating any of these laws and you will be charged with a class "C" infraction. If you cause property damage, they say you can face a class "A" misdemeanor, and if your fireworks lead to any bodily injury or deaths, police say you're looking at some serious felony charges.

The Indiana State police also strongly recommend that adults supervise children playing with fireworks. In the past, police say children have suffered burns because of improperly using bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers.

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