Evansville Police Release Guidlines for Shooting Personal Fireworks
The 4th of July is just a few weeks away, but you've likely already heard the bangs, pops, and crackles of fireworks being shot off in your neighborhood (if you haven't your dog probably has). However, if you live within Evansville city limits, shooting off your roman candle early will put you in violation of a city ordinance.
The Evansville Police reminded residents Monday through a post on their Facebook page that personal fireworks can only be used within city limits on certain days leading up to and beyond July 4th.
The full post reads:
Evansville Fireworks Ordinance -----
Consumer fireworks may be used within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville ONLY under the provisions of this section.
No person shall use, ignite or discharge consumer fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville except during the following times:
Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on June 29th, June 30th, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 5th, July 6th, July 7th, July 8th, and July 9th; and
Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4th
No person may use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks on any PUBLIC STREET or in any PUBLIC PARK or PUBLIC AREA within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville at any time.
No person may use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks in a manner which causes them to land upon property owned or occupied by another person.
Residents are not allowed to use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks on any city property, INCLUDING THE AREA OF DRESS PLAZA DURING THE COMMUNITY FIREWORKS DISPLAY.
Residents are permitted to use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks on their own property or with the permission of the property owner. The fireworks must land on the property from which they were used, ignited, or discharged.
I can tell you this ordinance has already been violated in my neighborhood several times over the past couple of weeks. Personally, I like fireworks as much as the next person, but when you have a dog that's easily spooked by the noise, or a small child that you desperately need to go to sleep so you don't go insane, I can be aggravating.
Now, I've never called the cops on anyone shooting fireworks in the neighborhood, however if you pushed to your limits because Joe next door decided to spend his life savings on a cache of fireworks that sound like World War III is happening next door, you're certainly within your right to contact law enforcement now that you know the rules.
[Source: Evansville Police via Facebook]