TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A vote at Monday's Tippecanoe County Commissioners meeting could restrict fireworks use in the county. A proposed fireworks ordinance will go through its second reading.
During its first reading at the August 5 meeting it passed two to one. Commissioner John Knochel voted against it.
The proposed ordinance would mirror fireworks rules in Lafayette and West Lafayette. It would allow fireworks from June 29 to July 9 and on New Years Eve and Day.
Right now, outside city limits fireworks can be set off any day of the year until 11 p.m.
Knochel and Commissioner Tom Murtaugh disagreed after the first reading about how well an ordinance can be enforced.
"It does make the enforcement, which is going to be a challenge anyway, it does make that enforcement easier for the sheriff's department," Murtaugh said.
"We're short staffed usually in the evenings anyway, and the county is so much bigger than the two cities, you're going to have everyone running different directions," Knochel said.
"It's fine for a few days," Tippecanoe County Resident Rebecca Travis said. "But once it gets to a certain time at night there are people during the week that have to work."
There was talk to compromise on the ordinance so it is not a director copy of the cities'.
The commissioners will meet at 10 Monday morning at the Tippecanoe County Building.
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