Independence Day is just around the corner and there’s a chance you or your neighbors may have already broken out the fireworks. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating a little early, as long as you’re doing it safely.
In 2017, there were more than 90 fireworks-related injuries reported in Indiana on the Fourth of July, with one-third of those involving someone under the age of 18. Indiana Fire Marshal Jim Greeson has a few tips to ensure that preventable accidents don’t ruin your holiday. Continue reading →
As Hoosiers start stocking up for Independence Day, be sure not to blow your top at the fireworks shop! Instead, understand that the cost of fireworks is directly impacted by sales tax, as well as an additional public safety fee. Continue reading →
Fireworks are one way of celebrating during the Fourth of July season and it’s important that consumers follow the laws.
Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said state law allows fireworks to be legally ignited from June 29 to July 3 from 5 p.m. local time until two hours after sunset and on July 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight. The use of fireworks is also allowed July 5-July 9 from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset. Check local ordinances as dates and times may vary.
Fireworks may be used on the user’s property, on property with the owner’s consent or at a locally identified discharge location.
As the Fourth of July approaches, so does the season for firework-related injuries, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Last year, over 70 percent of firework-related injuries occurred during the first week of July.
Plans are already in the works for several community events in downtown Knox this year. Last year saw the introduction of a cruise night in Wythogan Park. Mayor Dennis Estok says this year’s event will be even bigger. Continue reading →
The Town of Winamac plans to organize next year’s Fourth of July fireworks itself. Over the past few years, a private individual has been handling the planning aspect, while the town, at least in theory, just collects the donations and pays the bill. Continue reading →
An area ophthalmologist says it’s not a coincidence that July is Eye Injury Awareness Month. Dr. Scott Buck with the Northwest Indiana Eye and Laser Center says emergency rooms are full of patients with fireworks-related injuries to the eyes. Continue reading →
Parking will be available at Wythogan Park in Knox for tomorrow’s activities leading up to the fireworks display, but it will cost you. The city is charging $10 per car to park inside the gates. Mayor Dennis Estok says they probably have room for between 200 and 300 vehicles. Continue reading →
The new venue for the annual Knox fireworks display will be put to the test next week. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council Tuesday evening Mad Bomber will be at Wythogan Park on Wednesday, May 4th at dusk to set off a few practice shells and test visibility. Members of the Knox Fire Department will be standing by to assist. Continue reading →
Plans are shaping up for the Independence Day celebration in downtown Knox. A parade down Main Street into Wythogan Park on Saturday, July 2nd will kick off the day of events leading up to the county fireworks display. Mayor Dennis Estok and the Knox City Council have opted to move them from the airport to the park this year.
Parade applications are available at city hall for anyone who would like to have a float or vehicle and can be picked up during business hours. Continue reading →
Knox mayor Dennis Estok further explained some of his proposals for the city during a town hall meeting Monday. Much of it was spent discussing his plans to bring the city’s July 4th fireworks back to Wythogan Park. It’s part of his effort to bring more people into the park and revitalize the Downtown Knox. Continue reading →
Knox residents will have the chance to share their ideas and concerns with city officials next week. Mayor Dennis Estok will be holding a town hall meeting at 6:00 p.m. Monday at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Continue reading →
Knox Mayor Dennis Estok is bringing the city’s July 4th fireworks display back to Wythogan Park. They’ve taken place at the Starke County Airport northwest of Knox for the past several years. Estok wants to bring them back downtown to ensure youngsters are able to attend. His plans call for a parade to kick off the celebration. Continue reading →