Local fireworks laws trump state laws


By Karen Kennedy


It’s that time of year again when fireworks stands are popping up all around the place. But before you plan a festive weekend that includes fireworks in your backyard, here’s a reminder of the law in Carmel regarding non-holiday fireworks.

Per a city noise ordinance passed in 2009, consumer fireworks are only allowed at the following dates and times:

  •  June 29 to July 9 (5 p.m. – midnight)
  • On July 4 hours are extended to 10 a.m. to midnight
  • New Year’s (10 a.m. on Dec 31 to 1 a.m. on Jan 1

It is important for Carmel residents to note that this city ordinance overrides Indiana state law which allows fireworks any day between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Per a statement from the Mayor’s office, citizens who are in the vicinity of fireworks used in violation of this noise ordinance are advised to call the police.

As always, fireworks will be displayed on July 4th as the finale to the two-day CarmelFest celebration, organized by the Rotary Club of Carmel.