Monday, June 04, 2007
Fireworks Use?
Q: If I am lighting fireworks during the designated hours, especially on a holiday when lighting fireworks is common, If a neighbor a few houses down comes and tells me to stop, am I required by law to stop? Would I get in trouble if authorities were called to my
house in this situation? Thanks!

A: Not sure if you are aware, but the fireworks laws have changed slightly again. Under the bill Gov. Mitch Daniels signed May 8, local governments can regulate when fireworks are legal. City and town councils can outlaw their usage on all but 13 "holy days," when the statute mandates specific hours fireworks must be legal.

Those are: Between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset on June 29, 30, and July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4; and between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on Dec. 31 and midnight and 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.

So outside of these hours and times, fireworks would typically be considered to be a violation of the city "unreasonable noise" ordinance (13-57) that can result in a fine for violations of the ordiance, fireworks included, if officers are called to investigate.


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