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Burn Bans Lead To Spotty Fireworks Sales

Confusion over the specifics of burn bans may be negatively affecting the fireworks industry in Indiana this season.

Fireworks sales are down in some places because of the drought and the burn bans affecting much of the state.

Only a handful of counties in Indiana are not under a burn ban.   Nicole Watson manages USA Fireworks in Bloomington.  She says sales are down because people don’t understand that a burn ban does not outlaw fireworks.

“We’ve had several families come in and say they normally come in and spend $500-1000 on huge displays and we’re trying to be cautious this year,” she says.

Watson is right that some burn bans don’t prohibit fireworks, but others do.  Counties can issue an emergency disaster declaration which is more broad and does expressly prohibit fireworks.

Fireworks are legal in Indiana between June 29 and July 8.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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