Troopers from the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Division will be working through the holiday weekend to ensure fireworks are being transported safely on Indiana’s major roadways. They are conducting roadside inspections of vehicles suspected to be illegally transporting large quantities of fireworks.
Inspections are taking place on U.S. 30 and 20 and Interstates 80, 94 and 65 in northwest Indiana to ensure vehicles transporting fireworks categorized as Class I explosives are in compliance with the Hazardous Materials Federal and State regulations.
Common violations include the driver not having a CDL that includes a hazmat endorsement, improper or no placards on the vehicle, unsecured load, improper labeling, safety permits and shipping papers. Commercial regulations for transporting fireworks apply to any vehicle carrying 1,001 pounds or more. Residents who anticipate hauling more than that are encouraged to visit the U.S. Department of Transportation safe Travel website, www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat, or call your local Indiana State Police Post.
Motorists are encouraged to call 911 or the closest Indiana State Police Post if they observe a vehicle that could be transporting fireworks in an unsafe or hazardous manner.