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June 27, 2013

City officials talk fireworks safety

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Mayor Herbert added that setting off fireworks in the street is also against the law. The City of Greensburg has not designated a location where fireworks can be used by the general public. The mayor mentioned that a location may be decided upon in the future – he used the city reservoir as a possible site – but he stressed that no such area exists at the moment.

“There has been no permission given to shoot fireworks off from the street,” Scott Chasteen added.

The group also commented on times in which the use of fireworks in permitted, as all three city offices have been known to receive calls from angry residents regarding fireworks going off in their neighborhoods at late hours.

The use of fireworks is permitted each day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. with the exception of Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve. On those holidays, the hours of use are extended to midnight. Purchasers and users of fireworks must be at least 18 years of age, and that adult is responsible for the actions of any minors who may be in the area at the time of use.

The group also discussed the most dangerous group of fireworks – and the answer may surprise.

“Sparklers,” a Fourth of July tradition for many, can burn at 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the fire chief said. Discarded sparkler sticks also pose the risk of puncture wounds, eye gouges and other health hazards.

But in spite of the dangers and the immense amount of responsibility necessary when using fireworks, all three city officials made it clear that proper use can remain a fun Independence Day activity.

As a matter of fact, the annual fireworks spectacle at the 4-H Fairgrounds precedes Independence Day, scheduled for dusk July 3. That free public show, a tradition for many families, may prove to be all the fireworks needed for some individuals.

For others, taking precautions, using good judgment and being respectful of one’s neighbors and surroundings are likely to make the upcoming July 4 holiday a safe and happy time for all involved.

For more information on fireworks laws and regulations, check out www.in.gov/dhs/2810.htm.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

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