Fireworks still illegal for portions of Tippecanoe County

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The 4th of July is approaching, but it is still illegal for people to set off fireworks in some parts of Tippecanoe County.

Last year, Tippecanoe County commissioners passed an ordinance restricting consumer fireworks for people who live inside the Adjusted Urban Area Boundary. Which is essentially those who live inside city and people who live in neighborhoods.

But if you live in one of those areas, you can still set off fireworks from June 29 through July 9 and on News Year’s Day.

Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said people who live outside the boundary fall under the state’s fireworks laws. He said under state law, people can use fireworks all year round, but only during certain times.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andy Cree said they haven’t received many firework complaints so far this year.

“The county ordinance does reference safety. But really when you have a community, not everybody enjoys fireworks. Not everybody enjoys loud noise at 10 or 11 o’clock at night,” said Cree. “So even after sunset, the county ordinance is two hours after sunset. A lot of it is just to keep peace amongst neighbors.”

Cree said police typically give a verbal warning if someone is caught shooting fireworks outside the defined dates and times, but there are consequences if it continues to be a problem.

“When people do call in — if it’s excessive, you know — it depends on the person who is going to call in,” said Cree. “You know, it’s excessive and they call and say somebody’s firing off fireworks. If it’s outside those dates and the allowable times, we’ll go ask them to not shoot off anymore fireworks.”

Cree explained that police can confiscate fireworks or issue a fine up to $250.

Fireworks are permitted to be used during the following dates and times:

  • Between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset from June 29-July 3rd.
  • Between the hours of 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
  • Between the hours of 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 and 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.
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