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State Fire Marshal, IDHS urging all Hoosiers to practice firework safety

As Independence Day approaches, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages all Hoosiers to visit and become familiar with proper firework safety and state laws. 


“While fireworks are fun to set off and watch, they can be life threatening and disastrous if proper safety precautions aren’t taken,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “When using personal fireworks, always follow the written instructions on the packaging, and make sure a water source is nearby in case of a fire.”


The State Fire Marshal oversees the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety. Each year, the division permits retailers and wholesalers of fireworks within Indiana.


To keep this Independence Day fun filled for everyone involved, safety is encouraged by following these tips found on


  • Never smoke or consume alcohol when lighting fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  • Steer clear of others setting off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
  • Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks or firework devices.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher or water supply, such as a hose or bucket of water, nearby.
  • Only light one firework at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
  • Be considerate of individuals with post-traumatic stress and other types of medical conditions. The noise can cause severe stress and reaction in neighbors.
  • Think about pets. Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed by firework sounds.

When can fireworks be used?

  • July 4: from 10 a.m. to midnight;
  • July 5-July 9: from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset

For more information on firework and Independence Day safety, visit