Fireworks laws mostly ignored in Kentuckiana during 4th of July holiday
Millions of children will break the law this weekend in Kentucky and Indiana with the support of their parents.
Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 2:15 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Millions of children will break the law this weekend in Kentucky and Indiana with the support of their parents.
It's legal to sell most types of fireworks in Indiana, but people must promise not to use them in the state. However, it's no secret that laws in both Indiana and Kentucky are routinely broken when people use fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.
Fireworks fascinate youngsters.
"I like the pretty ones and the ones that make shapes," said Haley Young. She and her brother, Nathan, live for the 4th of July and the fireworks they set off.
"I like the ones that can do damage to the ground," Nathan said.
But he won't find that kind of firepower at the Shaboom stand near Preston and Blue Lick Road in Louisville. Fire Marshal Mike Allendorf sees to it -- with random inspections.
He says he will pull products out and look in the bottom.
"Sometimes there's a dummy box in there," Allendorf said. "And if there's a U-Haul or a cargo trailer, we'll pop the locks and check the contents.
Metro Louisville implemented a strict fireworks policy two years ago."
In Louisville, Roman Candles, firecrackers, and bottle rockets all illegal -- but they are legal to sell in Indiana.
Gary Keinsley with Patriotic fireworks in New Albany says that fact helps push business to his side of the river.
"Oh man, it's one of the greatest holidays there is," Keinsley said, adding: "It's history."
History shows nearly 18,000 fires happen across the nation on the 4th of July in just one year, causing $32 million in property damage.
"It doesn't necessarily have to explode or go up in the air (to be dangerous)," said Erika Janes, an RN at Kosair Children's Hospital.
Kosair Children's Hospital averages five to 10 traumas linked to fireworks every year on the 4th, and hospital leaders worry there will be even more this year since Louisville canceled its Waterfront festivities.
"We know people are going to have their own fireworks displays in their backyard," Allendorf said. "What we want you to do is use the safe and sane."
Here's what Allendorf manes by "safe and sane."
Have a water supply close, use dry flat land, and don't try to light duds again. Also, remember the forgotten fireworks laws: in Kentucky and Indiana, minors cannot ignite fireworks of any kind.
Nathan is too young to understand the dangers.
"They're just really fun and they express happiness," Nathan said.
So it's up to the adults to keep him safe. The Youngs say they are prepared to be onlookers this year, and that may be safest option.
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