With the 4th of July right around the corner, the Lebanon Police Department is taking the opportunity to remind the public of the city’s rules pertaining to fireworks. Below is the city’s fireworks ordinance, so the public can be informed, and stay safe during this holiday season.

Location
In general, consumer fireworks may only be used at:

  • Special discharge locations
  • The property of the person using the firework
  • The property of another who has given the individual permission to use fireworks on their property.

However, please note that a person who sets off fireworks, even in a legal location, may still be held liable for any resulting injuries or damage caused to another person or their property.

Age
Fireworks may only be used or possessed by individuals who are 18 or older unless an adult is present and responsible at the location of possession or use.

Dates and Times
Generally, state statute prohibits a person from igniting, discharging, or using consumer fireworks after 11 P.M. or before 9 A.M. However, on holidays, as defined in IC 1-1-9-1(a), and on December 31 a person may not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks after midnight or before 9 A.M.

Please be aware local ordinances may limit the time frame for the use of consumer fireworks even further. However, the following time frames are protected times when the use of consumer fireworks are not prohibited by state statute and may not be prohibited by local ordinance:

June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through July 9 between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset. However, regardless of what time sunset occurs, no later than 11 p.m.; and
July 4 and December 31 between 10 a.m. and midnight.