Indiana’s Fourth of July fireworks laws take effect

If there’s a way to tell Fourth of July is around the corner, it’s the American flags lined up on the streets and a new fireworks shop opening for the season.

“Today ,I probably tripled my sales of the last two weeks,” said Tony Crandall, manager at Big Boom Fireworks in Castleton. “(Last year), I really took a hit.”

The Department of Homeland Security said vendors have gone up dramatically from last year after a summer drought that prompted a fireworks ban.

However, the Independence Day tradition is allowed and the state law permitting fireworks is back in effect starting Saturday.

In Indiana, you can use fireworks on your own property or someone’s property where you’ve gotten permission between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset from June 29-July 3 and July 5-9.

On July 4, the hours extend from 9 a.m. to midnight unless city ordinances say otherwise.

The Town of Fishers enacted a new law that only allows you to set up a sky rocket, or Roman candle from 10 a.m. to midnight on Independence Day. Violators will be fined $150 on a first time offense. It’ll be a $250 fine for a second offense. The new law does not apply to sparklers, snakes or anything that burns on the ground.

“Once you’ve had to lay off fireworks for a year or two, I can see people wanting to get back to enjoying those,” said John Ericson, a Department of Homeland Security Spokesman. “What we’re looking for are people to use common sense so they can have a safe and a happy holiday.”

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