Lafayette neighbor wants more firework regulations

The Fourth of July is still two weeks away, but some in Lafayette are already fired up over fireworks.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 12:04 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Fourth of July is still two weeks away, but some in Lafayette are already fired up over fireworks. News 18 met with one neighbor who wants to see more regulations and enforcement when it comes to fireworks.

For Karen Gray, summer typically means it's time for fireworks.

"They're not using sparklers and those little things that go along the ground, with very little noise. This is the big stuff," said Gray.

This summer, Gray said she's had enough.

Fireworks in the state of Indiana are allowed from June 29 until July 9. Gray feels that 11-day allowance is too long.

"Eleven days is really an exceptional time in our opinion, while this should be going on," said Gray.

It's not only that. She said she's already heard several fireworks go off and the city has little control when it comes to holding people accountable.

"Apparently, the officer has to witness that with his own eyes before he can do anything," said Gray. "I even asked them, 'What if you see somebody and you video tape them and you got it right there on tape?' 'Well, that's not good enough.'"

Gray isn't alone. About a year ago, she posted on NextDoor about her concerns. She then started a petition and received dozens of signatures.

"If they're not going to change the law, then enforce the law," said Gray.

She then took the petition to State Representative Sheila Klinker.

"I think it is disturbing and in some cases it's scaring folks," said Klinker.

Klinker said she plans to bring up this issue during the next legislative session.

"I'd be happy to work with Karen and other folks on that issue," said Klinker. "And would actually like to hear from both sides."

Gray said she doesn't want fireworks banned, she just wants more enforcement and accountability.

"I think that people selling the fireworks should have a responsibility and I think they should be required by law to pass out fliers with the sales of fireworks and tell them to read this when you can legally shoot them off," said Gray.

Gray hopes action is taken. However, until then she knows she and her neighbors will be keeping an ear out.

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