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Monroe County Officials Warn Of Firework Dangers

Fireworks will be lighting up the sky this weekend.

The Monroe County office of Emergency Management is warning residents of south-central Indiana of the dangers fireworks pose to the drought-stricken area.

The County Commissioners issued a proclamation Wednesday, pleading with residents to minimize the use of aerial pyrotechnics.

“We strongly encourage our residents to attend public displays of fireworks and limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and that they refrain from using aerial firework devices.”

Though all of south-central Indiana is currently under a burn ban, only certain localities have prohibited the use of fireworks. State law prohibits local municipalities from banning firework usage surrounding the Fourth of July, but Miami County has circumvented that law by declaring a county disaster emergency.

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