This time of year, it’s hard not to notice all the fireworks stands popping up across Indiana. Our desire to light up the sky on July Fourth is fueling roughly 4,000 seasonal jobs this year.

From early June until about two weeks after the Fourth of July, many fireworks vendors hire temporary workers to keep up with the extra demand of stocking and selling sparklers, bottle rockets, and more.

The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosiers this Fourth of July season that some insurance policies don’t always cover fireworks damage.

Several groups and soloists join at Riehle Plaza this Fourth of July to celebrate Independence Day. WBAA's John Clare spoke with conductor William D. Kissinger about the 2019 Stars and Stripes Celebration.

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A Purdue University professor has developed technology he hopes will make fireworks safer.

Indiana American Water has a warning for Hoosiers this Fourth of July as they set off – and clean up – their pyrotechnic displays.

Fireworks contain a chemical called perchlorate. It’s also found in rocket fuels, explosives, and some fertilizer. At high levels, the chemical in drinking water can create problems with the human thyroid gland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Indiana American Water serves a million Hoosiers. Company spokesman Joe Loughmiller says there’s a few ways Hoosiers can lessen the threat fireworks pose to the state’s water sources.

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Well in advance of Independence Day, fireworks were going off in many Indiana neighborhoods. And that can pose a big problem for some military veterans.

Now there's a campaign that’s trying to change that  with photos, signs, and a little help from the internet.

The post has gained over a million “Likes” this week on Facebook: a man with a yard sign that reads “Combat Veteran Lives Here -- Please Be Courteous with Fireworks.”

State Fire Marshal: Fireworks Are Legal, But Still Dangerous

Jul 1, 2014
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Fireworks and the Fourth of July may go hand-in-hand, but Hoosiers are being reminded to use common sense when celebrating this week. Consumer fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles are legal in Indiana, but State Fire Marshal James Greeson says they are still dangerous.

"There's many more fires usually reported on Fourth of July weekends, or those days right around Fourth of July," says Greeson. "It's that time of year when more injuries occur, and over a third of those injuries are people under 18 years of age - primarily children."

Commissioners give final approval to fireworks restrictions

Sep 16, 2013

The use of fireworks in the unincorporated parts of Tippecanoe County has been restricted.

Last month, Commissioners voted to have the county guidelines match state law.

That limits use of fireworks to June 29th through July 9th, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Plans to restrict the use of fireworks in Tippecanoe County are moving forward.

Currently residents in the unincorporated parts of the county can shoot off the devices 365 days a year.

An ordinance approved by Commissioners on first reading today would limit use to June 29th through July 9th, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.   

That matches state guidelines as well as those in place in the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Commissioner John Knochel voted against the ordinance, saying it is too restrictive.

County could restrict use of fireworks

Aug 5, 2013

Tippecanoe County commissioners this morning will review rules for setting off fireworks.

Currently, it’s legal to use the devices any day of the year outside the Lafayette and West Lafayette city limits.

But officials are expected to consider an ordinance that would limit the use to match the state’s guidelines — June 29th through July 9th, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Commissioners say the move is in response to complaints by constituents.