TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - After two months of discussion and hundreds of emails, phone calls and visits from Tippecanoe County residents voicing their opinions, county commissioners passed a fireworks ordinance Monday.
"I think it was done well," Tippecanoe County resident Barbara Willis said. "They looked over the ordinance they got feedback from everyone on both sides, and came up with a pretty good solution."
"You're always going to have someone that complains no matter what it is," Tippecanoe County resident Carl Covely Jr. said. "There is somebody that is not going to like something that is going on. But to have just a few people restrict all of us just does not make sense to me."
Opinions still vary, but with a vote of two to one the ordinance will go into effect September 27. Commissioner John Knochel voted against it.
It restricts consumer fireworks use from June 29 to July 9 from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset. July 4 times are 9 a.m. to midnight. And 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 1 a.m. New Year's Day.
The original proposed ordinance included all county residents. However, the one that was passed applies to only those living in the county's urban area boundary.
Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said people seem to be happy with the compromise.
"We received little, actually no feedback," Murtaugh said. "Which tells me that is an agreement, that's an ordinance that most folks can live with."
Those opposing the ordinance argued enforcement will be difficult. They said once a deputy finds out where the fireworks are being set off, then gets to the location, the event will be over.
But Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown said his office has the resources to deal with it.
"I don't think that is going to be an issue," Brown said. "We already have the mapping capabilities in our cars, and in our dispatch center. It's just a matter of putting a layer on that map that shows where that urbanized zone is."
The urban area boundary is determined by the Area Plan Commission. It includes the more populated areas according to the federal census.
The incorporated towns of Shadeland, Clarks Hill, Dayton and Battle Ground are also excluded from the rule.
To see a map of the urban area boundary visit the commissioners's website click here .
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