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INDIANAPOLIS — As the 4th of July draws closer, many people in Indianapolis and central Indiana are planning to use fireworks in their holiday celebrations.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Fire Department have a few things you should know before setting up your fireworks display.

In Marion County, fireworks use on and around 4th of July are as follows:

  • June 28 – July 3: 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset
  • July 4: 10 a.m. to midnight
  • July 5 – July 9: 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset

Fireworks can only be purchased by people 18 years of age or older.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a working water hose nearby.
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated adult shooter.”
  • Do not use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives — they can kill you!
  • Read and follow all instructions on the label.
  • Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions
  • Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.

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