Pastime or Nuisance?


911 What is the address of your emergency? 

 Vigo County dispatchers are use to fielding a wide vary of calls. 

But around the 4th of July they see a spike in calls related to fireworks. 

Those calls tie up the emergency phone lines with nonemergency. 

“It’s just part of our job. It’s what we have to do daily we get all kinds of funny calls or crazy calls that come in daily into the center,” Rob McMullen said. “It’s just part of the job and we have to field them and go with the next call.” 

Since June 1st Vigo County dispatch has received more than 60 complaints related to fireworks. 

Officials say they check every potential emergency that comes in, but often those gunshots folks hear turn out to be fireworks. 

“People will complain that the fireworks are loud or that they are going off,” McMullen said.  

In Indiana residents can set off fireworks year around. 

When and how fireworks are regulated all depends on your local government. 

According to the Indiana Department Of Homeland Security, there are certain times residents can legally set off fireworks. 

June 29th to July 3rd from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset. 

July 4th from 10 a.m. to midnight. 

And July 5th to July 9th from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset. 

After that local laws go back into effect. 

We took to Facebook to find out local opinions. 

The results, the majority called for fireworks after the 4th to stop. 

So when do you call dispatch for a noise complaint.

Terre Haute Police Officer Ryan Adamson took to Twitter to ask residents to avoid  calling the police about fireworks.

But no matter what time of year it is, McMullen says always be courteous to those around you. 

“Just be mindful and anybody that is planning on shooting off fireworks be mindful of your neighbors,” McMullen said. “Be mindful of veterans and animals because that does have a tendency to bother those folks.” 

Officials with the Vigo County dispatch expect calls related to fireworks will go down in the next few days. 

They say it all depends on when the firework stands permits run out and close for the season.     

Fireworks may only be set off on the user’s property, on property of someone that has given full consent and any legal public locations for fireworks displays.    

Anyone who violates these regulations, can face fines anywhere between 500 to 5 thousand dollars, up to one year in prison and is financially responsible for any property damage.

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