TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Enough is enough, residents say. Tippecanoe County commissioners are looking to re-evaluate the fireworks ordinance after hearing residents' complaints of the late-night blasts.
Nearly two weeks after the Fourth of July, Barbara Willis and some of her neighbors are tired of the late-night fireworks.
"I realize kids are having fun, and that's fine for a few days of the year," Willis said. "But I don't think you should extend it all the way through the whole year."
Willis lives outside city limits. In the county, you can set off fireworks any day of the year until 11 p.m.
Willis asked county commissioners Monday to make a stricter fireworks ordinance.
"Back in 2007 there had been an ordinance prepared, but never heard," Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said. "That mirrors very closely what the city of Lafayette has."
Lafayette and West Lafayette's ordinances are based off state law. You can set off fireworks from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset from June 29 until July 9, and on New Year's Eve.
If you violate the ordinance you could get a $250 fine.
"It's just, I think 10 days with July the Fourth in between, and New Year's, that would suffice," Willis said. "Just so long as it didn't go further than that."
"Enforcement of such an ordinance is not easy by any means," Murtaugh said. "Most of the time when fireworks are set off, by the time a sheriff's deputy can respond, it probably has ended."
He said, though, that ordinances like ones that Lafayette and West Lafayette have, have been shown to work in the past.
Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown also spoke to the commissioners on the topic. He says it is a good time to think about a new ordinance. He plans to bring fireworks complaint statistics to the July 29 meeting.
Murtaugh says he and the other commissioners will also read a new ordinance for consideration at that meeting.
Willis just hopes she can soon get some peace and quiet.
"Sometimes it sounds like a war zone," she said.
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