The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial asking readers how they think the more liberal fireworks law passed by the General Assembly is working in practice. Advance Indiana has a post mentioning a WTHR report about a 10 year old who lost his eye when he threw a bottle rocket in the air when it shot back and struck him in the eye.
There are certainly strong policy arguments in favor of stricter controls on fireworks. But I’m not sure there is a practical difference between the new law which is very permissive and the old law which was theoretically stricter but unenforced and unenforceable. I know I didn’t have a great deal of trouble obtaining and using bottle rockets as a youth. I recall riding my bike no-handed while lighting and throwing bottle rockets. That can’t be safe.
For me, Daylight Saving Time makes fireworks more of a problem than the new fireworks law, just because people are setting them off later than they used to. 4th of July fireworks going off at all hours don’t bother me — that’s just the nature of the day. It’s the 5th of July fireworks that are really annoying. The kids are in bed, I’m just settling into bed myself. BANG BANG BANG BANG down the street. The dogs start barking. Repeat periodically for the next hour or two. Grrr. But I suppose that’s as much a function of my evolution into a grumpy old man as anything else.