Police in Indianapolis say people who violate a ban on personal fireworks displays will get a warning the first time, but could face fines or even criminal charges if they do it again.
Mayor Greg Ballard issued an emergency declaration Saturday banning unlicensed personal fireworks displays for a week in Indianapolis and Marion County because of the fire threat created by dry conditions. The ban doesn't apply to professional fireworks displays licensed by the state.
Police officials said in a news release Sunday that officers who
encounter people using fireworks will issue a warning for the first violation. Authorities say repeated violations could lead to fines of up to $2,500 or misdemeanor charges that could result in a six-month jail sentence.
The fireworks show planned for downtown Indianapolis on July 4
is still scheduled to go on.