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Indiana fire department officials are urging Hoosiers to stay safe and keep within the law this Fourth of July.
While the state has received more rain than in previous years, which will likely keep wildfires to a minimum, there are still several measures individuals can take.
Here are legal and safety tips Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says will help prevent accidents:
1. Go to a professional fireworks show
Going to a professional fireworks show instead of using your own fireworks is the safest option. Shows are being held across the state between July 3-5.
2. Don’t set off fireworks just anywhere
If you do set off fireworks, only set them off on your own property or the property of someone who has given permission or in an area set aside by their local jurisdiction.
Setting off fireworks in an unlawful place can result in a $500 fine. Damage done to someone‘s property can result in up to a $10,000 fine and/or one year in prison.
3. Stay within the designated fireworks hours
Fireworks are allowed to be set off from 9 p.m. until midnight on July 4. They can be set off between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m on other nights.
4. Use glow sticks instead of sparklers
“Glow sticks make a great alternative for little young kids that they can use. They stay lit for a long time and they’re not dangerous at all,” Greenson says.
5. Only buy fireworks if you are over 18
Only individuals over the age of 18 are allowed under state law to purchase fireworks, and a person 18 years or older must be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing fireworks.
Network Indiana contributed to this report.