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Illegal to set off fireworks in town before June 29

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Under Chesterton Town Code--which mirrors Indiana Code--the legal discharge of fireworks in town will begin on June 29.

Fireworks may only be legally discharged in town between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset on June 29-30; July 1-3; and July 5-9.

On July 4 they may be legally discharged between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.

Residents with complaints about the illegal discharge of fireworks should call 926-1136. “Please understand that if there are no violations of Town Code or state statute, officers may not be able to take action,” Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski said.

Cincoski noted that it is the consumer’s responsibility to verify that any fireworks purchased and discharged are actually legal in the State of Indiana.

Other considerations:

-- It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to discharge fireworks unless in the company of a responsible adult.

-- Fireworks may only be discharged on one’s own property or on the property of a person who has given express permission.

-- Fireworks should be discharged away from buildings and trees. Discharged fireworks, apparently expended or exploded, can still be hot and may still be flaming and are capable of igniting fires and causing other damage.

-- “Be cognizant of where aerial debris lands,” Cincoski said. “All debris should be cleaned up and not allowed to discharge into the town’s storm drain system. The Chesterton Fire Department suggests wetting fireworks debris upon cleanup, placing debris in a metal container, and storing outdoors until the consumer is confident the debris is not a risk.”

“Have fun this Fourth of July season but be safe,” Cincoski added. “And please be respectful of your neighbors, the property of others, and the town.”



Posted 6/10/2020




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