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Fireworks are a fun family activity during the summer months, especially during the holidays. This article discusses Indiana’s State and Local Fireworks Laws so you can ensure you do not get blasted with a fine or popped for something worse. More specifically, this article answers these questions:  

  • Do you need a permit for fireworks in Indiana?  
  • Are fireworks legal in Indiana?  
  • When can you set off fireworks in Indiana?  
  • How late can I set off fireworks?  
  • Will I get fined for setting off fireworks in the street?  


Do You Need A Permit For Fireworks In Indiana?  

Typically, you do not need a permit to purchase or set off fireworks in Indiana. However, certain sellers of consumer fireworks at retail locations, manufacturers, wholesalers, or distributors need to obtain a certificate of compliance from the Indiana State Fire Marshal. Obtaining a retail sales permit is also required to set up temporary fireworks stands. Furthermore, there are certain regulations on tents and structures where fireworks are being sold.  

If you are a seller, manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of consumer fireworks and would like more information on how to apply for a certificate of compliance or a sales permit, or if you want to know more about the regulations on sales locations, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office to speak with an O’Flaherty Indiana Attorney.  

A fireworks show at night

Are Fireworks Legal In Indiana?  

Fireworks may only be set off or possessed by someone that is over the age of 18 unless an adult is present and responsible. The following items are considered consumer fireworks in Indiana:  

  • shells and mortars  
  • multiple tube devices  
  • Roman candles  
  • Rockets  
  • Sparklers  
  • firecrackers with no more than 50 milligrams of powder  
  • novelty items, such as snakes, airplanes, ground spinners, helicopters, fountains, and party poppers  


When Can You Set Off Fireworks In Indiana?  

Generally, Indiana state fireworks laws allow fireworks to be set off from 9 a.m. through 11 p.m. On holidays, people may set off fireworks from 9 a.m. to midnight. However, local (city or townships) ordinances may limit these firework times.  


How Late Can I Set Off Fireworks?

Local ordinances cannot limit fireworks use beyond state regulations for the following times:  

  • June 29 to July 3: from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset;  
  • July 4: from 10 a.m. to midnight;  
  • July 5 to July 9: from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset; and  
  • December 31: from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.  

A lit sparkler in the evening

Will I Get Fined For Setting Off Fireworks In The Street?

A person who violates any fireworks laws can be charged with a class C infraction. Municipalities may also specify civil penalties for violating their fireworks ordinances. Usually, consumer fireworks may only be set off  

  • at special discharge locations  
  • on your property  
  • on someone else’s property with permission  

Additionally, you can also be held liable for any resulting injuries to another person or any property damage caused by the fireworks. Any bodily injury to another person by fireworks could result in a level 6 felony, and death resulting from fireworks could result in a level 5 felony. Lastly, anyone who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally uses fireworks to cause property damage can be charged with a class A misdemeanor.  

If you have any questions regarding your local Indiana fireworks laws and what you could be fined for, please reach out to us. To request a consultation with an O’Flaherty Law Indiana Lawyer, call our office at (630) 324-6666, or you can also fill out our confidential contact form, and we will get back to you shortly.    

September 14, 2022
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