Beech Grove's Mayor is the latest person to sign a declaration of emergency, prohibiting people from using their own fireworks due to the drought.
Mayor Dennis Buckley signed the emergency proclamation, which went into effect at 5p.m. Saturday. In a news release, Mayor Buckley wrote the ban was issued, "on the heels of the cancellation of the Beech Grove Promoters Club's Annual Fireworks Display". It was scheduled for July 3rd. He also cited concerns about the drought and fires.
Beech Grove Patrolman Zachary Dalton said they will give people warnings the first time they are found violating the declaration. He said those warnings will happen -at least- the first two days. The declaration of emergency is in place until Saturday, July 7th, unless something changes.
"I think pretty much for the next seven days that the ban is in effect, it's pretty much going to be a cat and mouse game -especially once the word gets out that it could be a $2,500 fine or b misdemeanor," Dalton said.
Dalton said the Beech Grove Police Department has already received calls from people who said they have heard fireworks in the area.
"We're just worried that, you know, some of the sparks from the fireworks could catch on a room and start a house fire, which is the last thing we want," Dalton said.
Dalton said they hope the word gets out that their is a ban in place. FOX 59 learned the Beech Grove Promoters Club's Annual Fireworks Show could be rescheduled for mid-August.