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New Fireworks Law In Effect In Indiana

New Fireworks Law In Effect In Indiana

For Immediate Release - May 23, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the fireworks season fast approaching, Indiana citizens and retailers are being reminded of a new state law governing the use and sale of fireworks.

The law which Governor Mitch Daniels signed in March will help fund important public safety programs around the state, such as firefighter training, through the collection fo a new 5-percent safety fee on the sale of all fireworks beginning June 1. The law also includes requirements regarding where and when consumers can set off fireworks, as well as requirements for strucutres where fireworks are sold.

"The new law did remove the requirement for fireworks purchasers to sign a document stating that they will take the fireworks out of state before setting them off," said Indiana State Fire Marshal Roger Johnson. "However, Hoosiers do need to be aware of restrictions that are in place regarding the use of fireworks, as well as the possible penalties for violators. We want to make sure that citizens are aware of these restrictions ahead of time."

Coms of the provisions in the new law include:

The new law also includes requirements for fireworks retailers:

"The funds generated by this law will help enhance firefighter training and Indiana's disaster response capablities," said Johnson. "The funds wll allow the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to provide firefighter training deliverables directly to the local level, and will also allow IDHS to deliver local training through an adjunct instructor program directly to counties."

A portion of the funds will also be used to establish a State Disaster Relief Fund, which will help cover the costs of the state's response to emergencies or disasters, especially those that may not qualify for any federal disaster assistance.