Richmond Fire Department Urges Fireworks Safety Ahead of Fourth of July Celebrations

June 7, 2023

Fireworks in Richmond

The Richmond Fire Department reminds residents to follow fireworks regulations and safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.

The setting off of fireworks is permitted in Richmond from June 29th through July 9th, between 5:00 p.m. and 2 hours after sunset. On July 4th, residents may set off fireworks from 10:00 a.m. until midnight. Residents should only set off fireworks on private property with permission from the owner, and never on public streets or parks. Indiana State law states a person 18 years of age or older must be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing fireworks.

The Richmond Fire Department stresses that fireworks are not toys and can be dangerous if handled improperly. Children should never handle or set off fireworks, and adults must always read the instructions before use. It is recommended that users wear safety glasses and never attempt to relight a dud firework. After shooting off fireworks, dispose of them safely by dousing them with a hose or bucket of water before throwing away debris.

Due to recent abnormally dry weather conditions, there is an increased risk of fires. Because fireworks can easily ignite dry materials, such as leaves, grass, and wood, the Richmond Fire Department encourages residents to attend public fireworks displays rather than setting off their own.

"Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate the holiday, but they can also be hazardous if not used responsibly," said Fire Chief Tim Brown. "We encourage everyone to adhere to safety guidelines, such as not allowing young children to handle fireworks and ensuring adult supervision at all times. Please be considerate of neighbors and their pets by observing quiet hours and maintaining a safe distance from homes and other structures."

Chief Brown added, "We want everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth of July. By adhering to these simple guidelines, we can all enjoy the holiday without any unnecessary accidents or injuries."

Public Fireworks Celebration

The public is invited to attend the 79th Annual Harry Ray Post 65 Independence Day Fireworks & Freedom Fest on Saturday, July 1st at Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park.  Admission is free and the festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with live music performances.

Fireworks will begin at dusk. Forty minutes of non-stop pyrotechnic entertainment will dazzle the night sky. The fireworks display is funded entirely by donations and the generosity of local sponsors.

“As we celebrate Independence Day, I urge everyone to exercise caution and be respectful when handling fireworks, “said Mayor Snow. “The American Legion Harry Ray Post 65 offers a fantastic, free firework display for the public to enjoy. I encourage everyone to join the Richmond tradition and gather at Roosevelt Hill to watch the fireworks.”

Firework Resources

Fireworks Safety from Indiana State Police
Fireworks Safety from State of Indiana
Firework Safety from Consumer Reports

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