Chief Dave Cincoski is reminding residents to observe Town Code--which
mirrors Indiana Code--on the legal discharge of fireworks within
Chesterton’s corporate limits.
only be legally discharged 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 the CPD at
926-1136. “Please understand that if there are no violations of Town Code or
state statute, officers may not be able to take action,” 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
only be discharged on one’s own property or on the property of a person
who has given express permission.
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 or 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.”