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Burn bans and fireworks restrictions

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Burn bans

With temperatures climbing and rain absent from the forecast for weeks at a time, many Indiana cities and towns are issuing burn bans as a precaution.  Burn bans can be implemented by either a city, town or county’s legislative body or the local fire chief. The local fire chief or local municipality that orders or imposes a burn ban is responsible for determining what activities will be permitted or restricted, who will enforce the ban, and how long the restrictions will last.

View a map of all current burn bans in effect by county (courtesy of the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office)>>

Fireworks

State law allows local ordinances to prohibit the use of fireworks on any day of the year with the exception of the following times:

  • June 29-July 9: 5pm – two hours after sunset
  • July 4: 10am to midnight

The use of fireworks is not included in burn bans issued by local governments.

Other restrictions in Indiana’s fireworks laws:

  • Only individuals 18 years of age or older can purchase fireworks. A person 18 years of age or older must accompany anyone younger than 18 who is using or in possession of fireworks. Violation would be a class C infraction.
  • The use of fireworks is only permitted on a user’s property, the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for the use of fireworks. Violation would be a class C infraction.
  • Reckless use of fireworks that results in property damage can be charged as a class A misdemeanor and raised to a class D felony if a person is injured.

Fireworks safety tips from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security>>

Updated listing of Indiana counties with fireworks restrictions from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security>>