FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Last year, nearly 10,000 people were treated for injuries associated with fireworks. The Fort Wayne Fire Department wants to make sure you are not part of that statistic this year. Officials also want to inform everyone on the rules and laws regarding fireworks.
In Fort Wayne, fireworks may be used between 5 p.m. to two hours after dusk, about 11:00 p.m., from June 29 to July 3 and again from July 5 to 9. On July 4, the hours are extended from 10 a.m. until midnight.
The FWFD provided the following safety tips to keep in mind when you are using fireworks:
- Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
- Never hold fireworks in your hand to light.
- Eye protection should be worn at all times.
- Use in a clear, open area. Keep audience a safe distance away from the shooting site.
- Never point or throw a firework at another person/s.
- Do not alter any fireworks device or make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never attempt to re-light, alter, or fix any "dud" firework item.
- Soak your spent fireworks in a bucket of water to make sure they are fully extinguished.
- Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby
- Please think about your pets! Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed by fireworks. Please keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they will get loose or get injured.
- Please be respectful of your neighbors and clean up after yourself. Do not allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event
Fort Wayne officials also want to remind you to follow the laws governing fireworks in the city limits. Fort Wayne's City Ordinance says:
- Fireworks may be used only on the user's property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks, or at a special discharge location. (Note: A special discharge location is a place designated by the State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks).
- Fireworks can be purchased only by adults 18 years of age or older. Children under 18 may only use fireworks when an adult is present.
- Penalties for violating the fireworks law can range from a Class A misdemeanor up to a Class C felony in the case of the reckless or intentional use of fireworks that results in a person's death.
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