Fireworks Bill Advances

Indiana lawmakers are again dealing with an “explosive” topic.

Just a year after a monumental move to legalize the use of exploding fireworks, comes some proposed back pedaling.

A bill under consideration would allow local governments to set their own restrictions on the use of fireworks.

Local governments could go so far as to ban the use of fireworks.

Senate Bill 9 has already passed the State Senate, and today it was approved by a House Committee.

Lawmakers took a one size fits all approach when they legalized the use of fireworks last year.

That meant residents could set off fireworks anywhere; whether they were in a remote farm field, or in the middle of the inner city.

The move brought extensive criticism from urban areas.

According to Chuck Leone, the South Bend City Attorney, “it wasn't acceptable. It was too much. And I understand that people want the ability to use fireworks and celebrate but that has to be balanced off with the right of people to have some peace and quiet in their ordinary lives.”

The same bill that allows local government to ban the use of fireworks prohibits any restrictions--anywhere during eight specified days.

Those days are July 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, along with December 31, and January 1.

The bill could receive final approval next week.

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