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Summer fireworks: keep it legal, keep it safe

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 12:01 am

Dancing flames, colorful explosions and twinkling sparks all herald the celebration of Independence Day each summer. Fireworks and the Fourth go hand in hand, but there are some important things to remember to keep firework use safe and within the law.

When can you use them?

Fireworks can only be used on user's property and purchased by adults 18 and older. According to Fort Wayne ordinances, fireworks can only be used at the following dates and times:

5 p.m. – two hours after dusk, June 29-July 3.

10 a.m. – midnight, July 4

5 p.m. – two hours after dusk, July 5-9

Top firework safety tips

*Always read and follow label directions.

*Have an adult present.

*Buy from reliable, established sellers.

*Use outdoors only in an open area

*Always have a fire extinguisher and water handy (a garden hose and a bucket) and dispose of fireworks properly by first soaking them in water.

*Never experiment or make your own fireworks.

*Light only one firework at a time.

*Never give fireworks to small children.

*Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

*Use legal fireworks only.

*As a general note, alcohol and fireworks don't mix

*Be respective of neighbors. Take care to ensure things don't end up on other people's roofs or gutters.

*Think about your pets and their emotional and physical safety.

Sources: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fort Wayne Fire Department

Where to watch

What: Fireworks presented by IPFW

When: Display begins at around 10:15 p.m.

Where: Fireworks will be set off from IPFW Parking Garage 2. Parking: Free on IPFW's north campus. People parking at IPFW should use the Crescent and St. Joe entrances. The North Anthony Boulevard entrance to the campus will be closed. Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will offer $3 parking at two locations: North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive and Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Ivy Tech lots open at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit student scholarships.

Note: Food vending available in Lot 12 at IPFW starting at 4 p.m. Food also available at Ivy Tech lots. Attendees are encouraged to not bring personal fireworks.

More fireworks

Where: Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St.

When: After the 7:05 p.m. TinCaps games Thursday-Saturday