By Melissa Conrad Rushville Republican
---- — 2013 is looking like a much better year for fireworks. Last year, a county-wide burn ban following extremely dry weather curtailed much of the fun and fireworks that area residents enjoy as annual 4th of July celebrations near.
Kevin Crump, who runs Pyroville Fireworks located next to Walmart in Rushville, is looking forward to this summer’s celebrations and reminds residents to follow city laws when using fireworks.
“I used to be a school teacher and I’m all about making sure people follow the law,” says Crump, who operates numerous fireworks stores throughout the area, including the Rushville location.
State law I.C. 22-11-14 governs the use of fireworks around Indiana. Local ordinances also apply. The Rushville City Council limits the use of consumer fireworks to between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8 and July 9. Fireworks in Rushville are also designated between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on July 4.
State laws governing consumer fireworks are:
Fireworks can be purchased only by persons 18 years of age or older. Children may only possess or use any kind of fireworks when an adult is present.
Fireworks may be used on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks on that property and at special discharge locations.
Consumer fireworks may be used only between 9 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on days other than holidays. On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve), fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. and midnight.
Here are some fireworks safety tips everyone should keep in mind.
Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Use a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
Do not alter any fireworks device or attempt to make your own fireworks.
Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, roman candles and fire crackers.
Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
Be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy.
Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.
Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures, from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.
Contact: Melissa Conrad @ 765.932.2222 x107