Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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June 29, 2013

Safety a must on the Fourth

Officials urge caution when lighting fireworks.

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When launching off fireworks, location is the key.

People may only discharge fireworks on their property or the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana state fire marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks.

A person who violates this law can be charged with a Class C infraction, which is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 per infraction. More than one infraction in five years may constitute a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a maximum $500 fine.

A person recklessly, knowingly or intentionally using fireworks illegally can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if the violation causes property damage. The offense is enhanced to a Class D felony if there is bodily injury, and a Class C felony if there is a death.

Where to watch fireworks Wednesday - Kokomo Speedway at dusk Thursday - Greentown (Howard County Fairgrounds) at dusk Thursday - Tipton at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds 10 p.m. Thursday - Walton at dusk Thursday - Peru at the Maconaquah Park on Park Drive off Ind. 19 at dusk Friday - Burlington at dusk July 6 - Haynes Apperson Festival, Foster Park at dusk Fireworks facts The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. Glass melts at 900 degrees and wood burns at 575 degrees. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5 to 19 and adults 24 to 44. U.S. hospital and emergency rooms treated 9,600 people with fireworks-related injuries. The most commonly used fireworks, such as fountains and sparklers, accounted for more than 28 percent of these injuries. Source: National Fire Protection Association. On the web: For more information on Indiana's fireworks laws visit www.in.gov/dhs.

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