Fireworks rules and safety tips for Fourth of July

NOW: Fireworks rules and safety tips for Fourth of July

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Independence Day weekend is the most popular time for fireworks, but Michiana residents are being advised to exercise caution when lighting up the night sky.

While they are normally restricted, residents are free to light off fireworks until 12 a.m. on the Fourth of July as long as they are 18 years or older.

Those under the age of 18 are not allowed to purchase fireworks at all, however if they are setting them off, they are legally required to do so in the presence of someone else over the age of 18.

Hoosiers and Michiganders are also advised to be mindful of their neighbors, as loud noises and bright lights can disturb sensitive members of the community, such as individuals on the autism spectrum or military veterans.

Tips to help keep fellow Americans safe during the weekend celebrations include watering the area before you set off the fireworks, keeping a good distance after lighting the fuse, and wearing eye and ear protection.

It is also very unsafe to relight a firework if it does not go off, and if that happens, leave the dud alone and put it in a bucket of water to ensure it doesn’t go off unexpectedly.

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