Ban includes setting off fireworks

Allen County Commissioners Extend Burn Ban

By Maureen Mespell

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- While we're not expected to get even close to Thursday's record-tying 106-degrees, we could tie another record for Friday's date.

Since we're under an Ozone Action Alert, a heat advisory and an elevated fire danger today, the Allen County Commissioners just made a decision about whether to extend the burn ban and how that could impact fireworks in your neighborhood. After a short discussion, the commissioners decided to extend the emergency burn ban that they first put into place two weeks ago.

The ban prohibits open fires and unless you have a state permit you won't be able to set off fireworks either.

For the half dozen or so places out there who do have permits the commissioners are strongly encouraging displays be postponed until weather conditions improve especially in rural areas.

If communities decide to go ahead with their fireworks shows sky luminaries, those really big and bright fireworks, are also being strongly discouraged.

The ban is in effect county-wide until further notice.

Even though the time when the state says it's okay to start setting off personal fireworks begins Friday night at five, county commissioners say their order today takes precedence, and is completely legal for them to do.

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