TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Dean's Fireworks is a busy place this time of year. Whether big purchases or small, everyone wants to take part in the excitement that comes with the Fourth of July.
"Just celebrating our freedom," said Fred Light, a firework enthusiast, "and it's always nice to see the beauty of the fireworks."
Light and his family already have a closet-full of these flares and firecrackers, and this year they finally get to set them all off.
"Last year we had the drought. Fireworks and open burns were banned in the state of Indiana," said Terre Haute Fire Chief Jeff Fisher. "This year we do not have that ban, so I look for us to have a lot of fireworks this year."
Chief Fisher hopes this year isn't as busy for him as it is for the stores. Local emergency crews always end up working a few fires and also some injuries.
While you may think that a lot of injuries come from big fireworks, you may be surprised to find out many comes from your everyday sparkler. They can burn as hot as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and are just inches from your hand."
"We have to protect them; they don't know," said Light. "They're going to want to go out and have some fun as well and they just gotta know the rules."
However, the rules don't just extend to children, there are laws for adults too.
Many places prohibit setting off fireworks after 11 P. M., except for on the Fourth.
Also, if you're using these rockets recklessly and something goes wrong, you could be charged with a felony.
Just remember, be cautious, have fun, and most importantly, be smart.
"I say this all the time, common sense," said Chief Fisher, "common sense goes a long ways and you can go home safe."
For a full list of guidelines in Terre Haute, click here . For Indiana's laws, click here .
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