Safety Tips and Laws for Fireworks in Fort Wayne


Published 07/04 2014 08:30PM

Updated 07/06 2014 08:24PM

These kids say they love the fireworks especially the colors, but with the beauty of these fireworks come a lot of danger.

Rick Coker and Amber Keel left the USA Fireworks store in Fort Wayne with a handful of fireworks.

Coker said, "We got the mini mortars and the kids morning glories, poppers, fountains, lots of bottle rockets..."

Daniel Gerber bought similar items and he said, "We bought some mortar shells and a couple of the big bricks and a couple of the small ones cause we want everyone to have a chance to set something off that’s what makes it fun for us."

While setting off fireworks can be fun, it’s important that you take safety precautions to ensure you or loved ones don’t get hurt.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released data from 2013 that shows the most injured body parts from fireworks are the hands and fingers followed by the head, face, and ears. The eyes are the third most injured.

Adults need to watch children playing with sparklers and fireworks since they can burn at temps up to 2000 degrees.

The CPSC suggests these tips to stay safe:

-Never allowing young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

-Back up a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

-Never try to re-ignite fireworks.

-Light one item at a time.

-Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of emergency.


Fort Wayne has laws regarding the use of fireworks:

-Fireworks can be set off July 5th-July 9th.

-Fireworks may only be used on the user's property, property where consent was given, or at a location designated by the State Fire Marshall.

-Fireworks can be used now only between 5pm and 2 hours after dusk (approximately 11pm).

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