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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:10 pm

July 4th likely to generate more fireworks complaints

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

As Independence Day approaches, Fort Wayne City Council President Tom Didier had advice Tuesday for residents who disapprove of Indiana's laws regarding the use of fireworks. 

Didier said the city's rules are already as strict as they can be, per state law. In Fort Wayne, residents are allowed to light fireworks on between 5 p.m. and two hours after dusk on select days, including from June 29 through July 9. Residents may also light fireworks on Memorial Day, Labor Day and the day before each. Fireworks are allowed from 10 a.m. Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. Jan. 1. 

Each fireworks season generates a batch of complaint calls directed toward City Councilmen, Didier said. If there is a situation where neighbors are illegally lighting fireworks, Didier encouraged residents to contact their council representative or the police, who will issue a ticket if the situation calls for it. 

However, if concerned residents would like to see a ban on fireworks altogether, their path forward is clear. 

"If they don't want fireworks in the state of Indiana, then the state lawmakers need to change the law and not us," Didier said. "Get ahold of your state legislator if you would like to change it."