COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to the cityâ€™s current burn ban, Fire Chief Thomas LaRue said the fireworks, which were previously scheduled to take place July 3 at Morsches, are now postponed.
The announcement was made at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
â€śWe decided it was best,â€ť said LaRue. â€śI donâ€™t want to have grass fires. I donâ€™t want to have fires at all.â€ť
LaRue said he believes the city is more than eight inches behind in rain since April 1 of this year.
â€śThat is a significant amount of rain,â€ť said LaRue. â€śItâ€™s going to take us a while to catch up, I believe.â€ť
Not only the city, but the entire county is also currently under a burn ban after it was decided the conditions were steadily growing worse with no relief.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said postponing the cityâ€™s fireworks was a tough decision for the fire chief and the city to make, but he believes it was the right thing to do.
â€śWe are going to continue being on a burn ban until further notice,â€ť said Daniel.
Mark Green, the park director, said there is no set date for the fireworks now, but it will be rescheduled for another evening possibly in the fall.
â€śWe have some ideas for dates in mind so we should have that released here pretty soon,â€ť said Green. â€śWe are also working with Spike and the Bulldogs to find a date.â€ť