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Commissioners give initial approval to fireworks restrictions

Plans to restrict the use of fireworks in Tippecanoe County are moving forward.

Currently residents in the unincorporated parts of the county can shoot off the devices 365 days a year.

An ordinance approved by Commissioners on first reading today would limit use to June 29th through July 9th, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.   

That matches state guidelines as well as those in place in the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Commissioner John Knochel voted against the ordinance, saying it is too restrictive.

But speaking on behalf of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department, Major Charlie Williams says law enforcement is in favor of the ordinance.

The public has one more chance to comment on the proposed ordinance before a final vote is taken at the Commissioner's meeting August 19th.

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