LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Local fireworks shop owners say the burn ban is making them feel the heat. Tippecanoe County's immediate burn ban prohibits consumer fireworks use. That means during a private Fourth of July party, you can't set off your own fireworks. However, permitted shows, like the annual Stars and Stripes display can go on as planned.
Mark Jewell, the area manager of Mark's Fireworks, in Lafayette, said it is the lack of small fireworks displays that is hurting business.
"Where it has slowed down is just moms and dads buying fireworks for their kids," Jewell said.
"Look inside, there is no one there," Scott Wheeler, owner of Scott's Fireworks, in Lafayette, said about business.
Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Director, Smokey Anderson, said the consumer fireworks ban is in place for public safety.
"You don't know where [the fireworks] are going to go," Anderson said. "If they land on someone else's property and it's very dry and starts a fire, no one may be aware of it for some time."
Owners agree, they understand why a burn ban is in place. But they hope their customers are able to have a normal Fourth of July.
"[Anyone] who has the fourth off, will they be able to have the holiday they wanted?" Wheeler said.
Wheeler and Jewell want customers to keep an eye on any changes to the county burn ban.
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