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Fireworks rules for South Bend this holiday season

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 5:17 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Get ready to hear some fireworks if you’re in South Bend. Tuesday is the first of twelve days you can set them off.

There’s a five-hour window between 5:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M. starting June 29th when you can set off fireworks. This goes until July 9th. The only exception is on the 4th of July when you can light them up from 10:00 A.M. until midnight.

Phantom Fireworks knows how important this week and a half is for people in the fireworks business.

“This is everything for the fireworks industry. Everything all year in terms of shipping fireworks into the country, getting them in stores, people buying them. Everything is mostly for this weekend,” Phantom Fireworks store manager Liam Monroe.

Sparklers, cones, snakes, and smoke bombs are examples of types of fireworks you can use anytime, but if you’re caught launching aerial fireworks or grounded loud ones, like firecrackers, you could pay a $100 fine on the first offense.

It’s also a good time to brush up on ways to prevent firework accidents.

“You really just have to keep your distance from them. If something dud’s out, don’t go looking over the barrel of what it was about to shoot out of. Don’t necessarily partake in influences while lighting off fireworks. Be safe. Maybe have a safety bucket on hand with some water,” Monroe said.

While these tips can go a long way in stopping injuries, people still get hurt every year using fireworks.

That’s why the South Bend Medical Foundation is asking people to make blood donations throughout the holiday so they can respond to these accidents.

You can head to www.GiveBloodNow.com to learn more about how to donate.

Head to this website to see the full firework ordinance.

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