Bacon: Having a blast this Fourth of July

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, June 26, 2017 9:21 am

National Firework Safety Month runs through July 4. As we see more fireworks stores open here in Southern Indiana, let’s keep in mind Indiana’s fireworks laws and how to have safe fun for the upcoming holiday celebrating America’s independence.

The first thing to remember is that you must be 18 years of age in order to purchase fireworks. Also, Minors must have an adult present when using or possessing fireworks.

When it comes to lighting fireworks, you must either be on your own property, on the property of someone who has given you permission to use fireworks, or at a location designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshall for discharging fireworks.

If you plan to set off fireworks before the actual Fourth of July holiday, it can only be done between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. There is an exception for Independence Day; however, it only extends the time to midnight. It is important to check with local officials, as some town ordinances may be more restrictive.

Living out in the country definitely gives me enough space to put on a fireworks show for my family, but if you happen to live within a neighborhood, near buildings or trees, please use caution when aiming and setting off your fireworks.

It’s an American tradition to have family and friends over for a cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixings for the Fourth of July. However, with several kids and pets running around it can be chaotic when it comes time to launching fireworks. Here are just a few tips to prevent an accident from happening: wear shoes in the vicinity of fireworks; light off one firework at a time and quickly move away; only use them outdoors and away from buildings, vehicles and trees; never relight a “dud” firework; and always have an adult present when lighting off fireworks.

Keep in mind that alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. There may also be veterans and others in the area who are startled by fireworks, so please be courteous. Let’s also not forget about our pets. Keep animals inside to avoid exposure to the loud booms and pops.

If you are traveling for the upcoming holiday, remember that airports prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in checked and carry-on luggage.

I hope all of you enjoy celebrating our nation’s birthday. If you have any questions, our local fire and police departments are a good resource. You can also reach out to my office by phone at 317-232-9833 or email h75@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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