With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s important for Hoosiers to know when it’s legal to set off fireworks in Indiana. The times in dark red are protected by Indiana law and are not subject to local ordinances. The City of Columbus local ordinance does not permit the use of fireworks outside of the state protected dates and times identified in red.

The Columbus Fire Department also offers these tips for a safe holiday.

Fireworks Safety Tips 

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children who are unattended.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water, fire extinguisher or charged water hose nearby.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.