COLUMBIA CITY — Though burn bans have been lifted, fireworks still aren’t permitted within city limits.
“The Columbia City Police Department and Columbia City Fire Department have had numerous calls on fireworks since the burn ban has been lifted,” Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said. “This does not change the days people are allowed to shoot off fireworks within city limits.
LaRue asks citizens to abide by the city’s fireworks ordinance, which was put into effect in 2007.
The ordinance goes as follows:
No person within the corporate limits of the city shall use, ignite or discharge or permit to be used, ignited or discharged any type of consumer fireworks on any other day or time other than the following:
(A) June 29 to July 9 between the hours of 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.;
(B) The day before Memorial Day, Memorial Day, July 4, the day before Labor Day and Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight; and
(C) Between the hours of 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 and 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.
(D) No other date or time is permitted for use of consumer fireworks.
The ordinance states that offenders can be charged up to $50 per violation.
There is a different set of rules outside the city limits. According to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, residents can set off fireworks any day before 11 p.m.