Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Fireworks Use UPDATE
I also wanted to mention an update to an answer I gave last week about Fireworks use. The Governor has given local jurisdictions the right to make the State law more restrictive. However, South Bend City has yet to formally establish such an ordinance. I know they are drafting one, but, again, nothing is officially "on the books."

As such the current city ordinance for "unreasonable noise" will not sufficiently cover fireworks related complaints and cannot be enforced as such. City Council is drafting new law regarding fireworks and will be more restrictive on the dates, but until that passes (unclear if it will be in time for July 4th this year), no enforcement action on fireworks can be taken by police. As such, the default law in effect at this time is Indiana state law allowing year round fireworks use.

Bear in mind that with debris, you are still liable for mess and cleanup (including neighbors yards, streets, etc) and could be cited for littering or dumping ordinance violations. Use common sense and safety practices, and be respectful of those around you to avoid problems. More information on fireworks is here on the city website.

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