The Michigan City Fire and Police Departments encourage residents to enjoy fireworks in the safest possible manner.
The Indiana State Law governing the use and sale of fireworks in Indiana is now in effect, and the
following changes apply to Michigan City residents:
• Only adults age 18 and older are allowed to purchase fireworks, for use in Indiana.
• Private fireworks may be set off ONLY on the user’s property, the property of someone who has
consented to the use of fireworks, or at a special discharge location designated by the State Fire
Marshal. Fireworks may not be discharged on public property, such as in streets or parks, without
special permits issued by the State Fire Marshal and local Fire Chief.
• Users are responsible for all debris resulting from the discharge of private fireworks. If a user sets
off fireworks on their own private property, and debris or other material lands on a neighbor’s
property, who has not granted permission to discharge fireworks, the user is in violation of the law.
• No person may use, ignite or discharge consumer fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of
Michigan City except during the following times:
Between the hours of dusk to 11:00 PM.
Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4; and Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. on December 31 and 12:00 midnight on January 1.
No public display of fireworks is permissible unless you have received prior approval from the
Michigan City Fire Department.
Safety Procedures​
If you choose to set off private fireworks on your property, instead of or in addition to attending a
professional fireworks event, please abide closely by the following Safety Procedures, for your safety, as well as that of your loved ones, neighbors and the community.
• Make sure to have a responsible adult supervise all fireworks activities. Do not let children play with or light any fireworks without an adult present.
• Use fireworks in an open area away from buildings or combustible materials. Keep your audience a
safe distance away from the shooting site.
• Safety glasses should be used by those lighting the fireworks or anyone in close proximity to the
• Do not wear loose-fitting clothing, which is more prone to catch sparks that could catch on fire.
• Have a hose, bucket of water or water supply, or a fire extinguisher nearby and pay attention to the
wind direction.
Further information regarding Indiana’s new Fireworks Law is available by calling 219-873-1443.
With your help, we can avoid the often disastrous accidents and injuries caused by the careless use of fireworks.