(Greendale, Ind.) - Thousands of tri-staters will descend upon Dearborn County this weekend loading up on firecrackers, roman candles, and mortar kits.
The showroom at Shelton Fireworks in
West Harrison, Ind.
There are seven permanent fireworks stores in the county, mostly in West Harrison and Greendale. Various others pop-up in garages and roadside stands in early July.
Indiana has the least restrictive fireworks laws of the three local states. The state used to require fireworks buyers to fill out a form stating they would take the items out of state, but in 2006 a new law accompanied by an additional five percent safety tax took effect doing away with the form.
Funds generated by the extra five percent tax go towards helping train firefighters.
Other Indiana fireworks laws include:
The 2006 law requires the Indiana Department of Health to track fireworks injury reports each year. In 2009, there were 116 people injured by fireworks during the July 4th period, down from 141 such injuries in 2008.
“Fireworks injuries can be severe, resulting in blindness or loss of a finger or even a hand,” said Dr. Duwve, medical director of Public Health and Preparedness at the Indiana State Department of Health. “The good news is most of these injuries can be prevented. The best way is to attend public fireworks displays, rather than buying fireworks for personal use.”
Duwve offers the following fireworks safety tips:
Indiana State Department of Health staying safe this summer - www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared
Area public fireworks displays on Eagle 99.3 Community Bulletin Board – www.eaglecountryonline.com/cbb.php