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.
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.
-- 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.”