St. Joe Co. fireworks season starts Sunday

By: NewCenter16 Email
By: NewCenter16 Email

South Bend, Ind. The unofficial kick-off to this year's Fourth of July celebrations starts Sunday, when St. Joseph County residents can begin to legally set off fireworks on private property.

Fireworks can be discharged beginning June 29 through July 9 from 5pm - 11:30pm.

On the Fourth of July, residents can ignite fireworks between the hours of 10am and midnight.

The displays must be on private property and the person using the fireworks must have permission from the property owner.

These are the guidelines provided by the Clay Fire Marshal, although ordinances may differ from city to city.

Safety, vendors say, is the number one concern. Sky King Fireworks Manager Mark Huffman said the person lighting the fireworks should limit alcohol consumption.

"You don't need to do that, the person who's lighting it," Huffman said. "Be safe with a hose have water present. Also shoot on hard surfaces, don't shoot on the grass because it will tip over."

Huffman also recommends not shooting between trees or other areas that could catch fire.

"Just use common sense," Huffman said. "It's all safe, it just takes common sense to use it."

Employee Bernard Shepherd said many people fail to put the fireworks on a solid surface.

"You don't want to put anything on a surface that's not level because if it does go off and it tips over it can actually shoot back at you," Sheppard said. "Read what's on the package, otherwise you could hurt yourself."

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