FIREWORKS ORDINANCE: Col. City reminds residents

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s that time of year again. Residents are firing up the grill, lighting a campfire and roasting s’mores, leaving some wondering — can I set off fireworks?Columbia City residents have guidelines set in place as to what dates and times, as well as what kind fireworks are allowed in the city limits. Consumer fireworks are the only fireworks allowed within the city.Consumer fireworks include most that can be purchased from local stores — sky rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, etc. Also allowed are sparklers, smoke devices, noise makers, etc. — as opposed to commercial fireworks, such as those used by professionals during fireworks shows.Those fireworks are only permitted by special permission from the during a city event, such as the Fourth of July show at Morsches Park.Consumer fireworks are allowed on certain dates only, as enforced by the Columbia City Police and Fire Departments.Those dates include:•June 29-30 and July 1-9 between the hours of 5 and 11 p.m., excluding July 4, when the hours are 10 a.m. to midnight.•Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day, from 5 to 11 p.m. on the weekend and 5 to 10 p.m. on Monday.•Labor Day weekend and Labor Day, from 5 to 11 p.m. on the weekend and 5 to 10 p.m. on Monday.•Between the hours of 10 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.Violators can receive a fine of $50 per violation.