There are State laws that govern our use of fireworks are very different those that apply within the city limits of Peru and what you don't know could cost you a ticket.

The State Fire Marshal has issued a release that goes over the general State rules of fireworks which you can read here: 

Miami County has no fireworks specific ordinances so State Law governs the folks outside of Peru.

But if you live in Peru, here's what you need to know.

Fireworks may only be used on these dates and during these times:

   (A)   Definition.  For the purposes of this subchapter, the following definition shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
      CONSUMER FIREWORKS. Consumer fireworks as defined by IC 22-11-14-1.
   (B)   Days and hours of use.  Consumer fireworks may not be used, ignited or discharged within the corporate limits of the city, except during the following times:
      (1)   Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and two hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8 and July 9;
      (2)   Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4; and
      (3)   Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. on December 31 and 1:00 a.m. on January 1.
   (C)   State law has defined Chinese Sky Lantern as consumer fireworks.  The city chooses to ban such devices.
(Ord. 22, 2014, passed 7-7-14)  Penalty, see § 91.99
Legal sunset on June 30 is 9:20PM and goes down to 9:17pm on July 6.  This means you only get about 45 more minutes for fireworks fun on July 4 than you do on the days surrounding it.  Violating these dates and times carry a fine of $25 per offense.
Have kids under 18?  State law bans possession or use of fireworks by those under 18 without the presence of an adult and carries up to a $500 fine PER INFRACTION.  17 years old and carrying a pocket full of firecrackers?  If that pocket has 20 firecrackers in it the max fine would be $10,000.
This also includes sparklers, snappers, and other such devices many of us have grown up with and may not really consider to be fireworks.  Indiana state law disagrees.
Where you set your fireworks off is also defined by the state and is limited to your own property, the property of someone who has specifically allowed you to use fireworks on it, or in locally defined area for the use of fireworks.  The City has not defined any areas for fireworks use this year.  
The State penalty for using fireworks in an unauthorized location is $500 per infraction.
The State has an even more severe penalty if you damage someone else's property while using fireworks- $5,000 and up to one year in prison.
Be safe this year and make sure you're staying on the right side of the law.

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