Fireworks Association Not Happy with Fireworks Bans
Fireworks are banned in two more counties, Tippecanoe and Miami, but the head of the Indiana Fireworks Association is worried there will be more.
The counties are using a measure that starts with an emergency declaration because of the drought, followed by a fireworks ban that is tied to that order, but Steve Graves said Homeland Security would disagree. "The Department of Homeland Security has made it clear that the local units of government do not have the authority to override the protected days," he said.
However, the IDHS, took issue with Graves' statement. Spokesman John Erickson said Graves was putting words in the mouth of IDHS. He said it is the agency's position that state law prohibits creating any local ordinance to prohibit fireworks. Some counties, including Tippecanoe County, have issued an emergency declaration which they said supersedes the state law against banning fireworks. Graves said it is a slippery slope, to ban fireworks instead of using a measures like fire education.
In Indianapolis, Marion County's burn ban is not expected to impact the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th. The Indianapolis Fire Department is working closely with other city safety agencies and the event organizers, Emmis Communications, to make sure the event goes off safely.