The Journal Gazette
Monday, June 21, 2021 1:00 am

Five questions for Jim Murua

Assistant chief/fire marshal, Fort Wayne Fire Department

1 The 4th of July is still a couple of weeks off, but we're beginning to hear complaints about neighborhood fireworks. What should residents know about fireworks regulations?

Fort Wayne city ordinance allows fireworks to be used only between 5 p.m. to two hours after dusk on June 29 through July 3 and then again from July 5 to July 9. On the Fourth of July, fireworks may be used from 10 a.m. to midnight.


2 When is it appropriate to contact authorities about violations, and who should be contacted?

You may contact the Fort Wayne Police Department about fireworks (noise) violations. If a fire occurs due to fireworks, please contact the Fort Wayne Fire Department.


3 How many complaints do you typically receive each year about fireworks? Was it worse last year without the city-sponsored fireworks display?

The FWFD does not typically receive calls on fireworks noise violations. The FWPD will respond to those types of calls.


4 What are the greatest dangers posed by personal fireworks? Injuries? Property damage?

Sparklers can reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to melt gold. Eye and hand injuries are the most prevalent injuries sustained. Fireworks should be soaked in water preferably overnight before disposing of them to prevent a fire from starting.

Adults should clean up after the show and the next day to prevent harm from an unexploded or dud firework to anyone, particularly a child.


5 What would you like residents to know about using fireworks?

For your safety as well as that of your loved ones, neighbors and the community, the Fort Wayne Fire Department suggests you enjoy your fireworks at a professional event like the city of Fort Wayne's Fourth of July display or one on the many other professional displays in the area.

Safety is always key to any activity and this includes fireworks. Fireworks should be stored in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks. When setting off fireworks, eye and hand protection should be worn at all times to prevent burns.

Use fireworks in a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance away. Please be considerate of your neighbors, their property and pets during this Fourth of July season. Please go to the FWFD website for a list of fireworks safety precautions.

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