Fireworks in Indiana: Buy Legally, Store and Use Safely

Last Updated on June 10, 2016 by cassnetwork

As Independence Day celebrations draw near, the Indiana State Fire Marshal is reminding Hoosiers about the safe and legal ways to buy and store fireworks.

Fireworks should only be purchased from a vendor with a valid Indiana fireworks sales permit. Fireworks vendors must have a permit from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s (IDHS) Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal. If a sales permit is not on display, it is okay to ask employees to see it before purchasing any kind of fireworks.

If a fireworks retailer is not displaying, and is unable to provide a copy of its permit, citizens can call the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety at 317-232-2222.

Additional reminders to consider when purchasing fireworks:

  • Fireworks cannot be sold to or purchased by anyone younger than 18.
  • Check packages and labels to make sure only 1.4G consumer fireworks are purchased; any other types of fireworks are illegal for consumer sales or purchases in Indiana, and may be more explosive.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Be sure fireworks are out of the reach of children.
  • Consider buying glow sticks instead of sparklers for children – sparklers can burn at temperatures high enough to melt glass.

For more information on fireworks safety, visit

See local regulations for fireworks here.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Homeland Security




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