Do’s and don’ts for at-home fireworks, ordinances and tips

Do’s and don’ts of fireworks safety

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It is common for people to host their own Fourth of July parties and set off their own fireworks.

It’s also common for people to acquire a few injuries or fines during their at-home show.

Time is of the essence if you’re putting on your own fireworks show within Indianapolis city limits.

“You can do fireworks from 5 p.m. to 2 hours after sunset. And on July Fourth you can do fireworks from 10 a.m. until midnight,“ Indianapolis Fire Department Deputy Chief Fred Pervine said.

Those times could vary depending on where you live. The location of your show is also key in avoiding any fines or tickets from law enforcement.

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“You can fire them on your property. You are not allowed to fire them on other people’s property unless you get permission from them,“ Chief Pervine explained.

That includes any empty parking lots you may find.

First responders say it is important that if you are calling to make a complaint about fireworks, not to call 911 unless it is an emergency, but instead call 311.

“When you call 911 for non-emergency things, the people who are calling for emergencies will get put on hold, and they will have to wait longer to report their actual emergencies,“ Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Grace Sibley said.

This time of year police say they see an increase in the number of people reporting shootings.

“We always see an uptick in calls around the time of fireworks going off, the Fourth of July, things like that. It is important to call if you do actually think it is actually shots fired or something is going on in your neighborhood,” Sgt. Sibley said.

A lot of calls also come in reporting injuries, specifically burns to the hands, face and arms.

“One of the biggest problems is that people will pick up fireworks that didn’t go off, and they will light them again and reuse them again and that is where you get into trouble,“ Pervine said.

First responders say have fun but be careful.

“Anytime you are dealing with some explosives, anytime you are dealing with fire the unpredictable can happen,” he said.

It is recommended to have some kind of water source close to where you are letting off the fireworks to put them out after you let them off or in the case of an emergency.

Ordinances for other cities are as follows:

NOBLESVILLE – June 29 – July 3 and July 5 – 9 from 5 p.m. to two hours past sunset. July 4 between 10 a.m. and midnight.

FISHERS- June 29-July 3 and July 5-9 from 5 p.m. to two hours after sunset. July 4 from 10 a.m to midnight.

CARMEL – June 29-July 3 and July 5-9 between the hours of 5 p.m. and midnight. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on July 4th.

ZIONSVILLE – June 29-30, July 1-3 and July 5-9  between the hours of 9 a.m. and two hours past sunset on. From 9 a.m. and midnight on July 4.

BEECH GROVE – June 29 – July 3 and July 5-9 between 9 a.m. until two hours after sunset. 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

AVON –  June 29 – July 3 and July 5-9 between 5 p.m. and midnight. July 4 between 10 a.m. to midnight.

GREENWOOD – June 24 through July 11 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and two hours after sunset.  July 4 from 10 a.m to midnight.