State Fire Marshal Has A Warning For Fireworks Buyers
By Mike Perleberg
(Undated) – Indiana’s state fire marshal is giving an early warning to Hoosiers planning to purchase or use fireworks this coming Independence Day.
“Safety should be the first consideration for anyone planning to use fireworks, and that starts with only buying consumer-grade fireworks from authorized sellers,” State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says.
Retailers in Indiana are required to have a valid Indiana fireworks sales permit issued by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Fireworks stores should be able to show their license to customers upon request.
If a fireworks retailer is not displaying a copy of its permit and declines to present one, citizens should call the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety at (317) 232-2222 to verify the retailer’s permit or report a retailer without a permit.
Another Indiana fireworks law prohibits sales to anyone under age 18. Children under age 18 possessing fireworks without the presence of an adult could be fined up to $500 per infraction.
Consumer-grade fireworks are required to have a 1.4G label on the packaging – other types of fireworks could be more explosive and, thus, more dangerous.
Someone recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally using fireworks and causing the serious injury or death of another could face imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Misuse that results in property damage could result in a $5,000 fine, potential imprisonment, and restitution.
Lighting fireworks on property belonging to someone who has not consented could bring a $500 fine per infraction.
Greeson has other suggestions for fireworks users. For young children, consider buying glow sticks instead of sparklers, which can burn at temperatures hot enough to melt glass. Be sure to store fireworks in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.
For more information on fireworks safety and other topics, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.