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Fireworks safety will make Fourth of July a blast

Julie Crothers


Fireworks will be exploding over Parkview Field on Thursday after the TinCaps play the South Bend Silver Hawks.

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Adams County

Decatur: Activities begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Center, with fireworks about 30 minutes after dark. Allen County

Fort Wayne: IPFW’s fireworks show begins at 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Free parking will be available on IPFW’s north campus, and food vendors will be set up in Lot 12. Ivy Tech will also provide parking at its Coliseum and North campuses beginning at 6 p.m. Parking at Ivy Tech will cost $3 per car, and the money will be donated to the Ivy Tech Northeast Foundation to be used for student scholarships.

The TinCaps’ game against the South Bend Silver Hawks begins at 7:05 p.m. Thursday with fireworks to follow. A ticket is required for the game.

Monroeville: Canceled. DeKalb County

Auburn: Fireworks begin at dusk Friday at Auburn Auction Park, 5540 North County Road.

Garrett: Garrett Heritage Days is Wednesday and Thursday at Eastside Park. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Thursday. Huntington County

Huntington: Fireworks begin at dusk Thursday at Huntington North High School.

Roanoke: Fireworks begin at dusk Thursday at Roanoke Park on Seminary Street.

Warren: Salamonie Summer Festival runs Thursday to July 7, including a parade, fireworks, car and bike cruise-in, antique tractors, games and sporting events. For more information, go to www.warrenindiana.com. Kosciusko County

Syracuse: Fireworks begin at dusk Thursday at Lakeside Park on North Long Drive.

Warsaw: Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Friday at Winona Lake.

Lake Wawasee: Fireworks over the lake begin at dusk Saturday.

North Webster: Fireworks over Webster Lake begin at dusk Saturday.

Lake Tippecanoe: Fireworks over the lake begin at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Chapman Lake: Fireworks over the lake begin at dusk Saturday.

Dewart Lake: Fireworks over the lake begin at dusk Saturday. LaGrange County

Topeka: Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Thursday at East Park. Noble County

Kendallville: No fireworks are scheduled; there was a show during the city’s sesquicentennial celebration earlier this month.

Rome City: Fireworks begin at dusk Saturday at Sylvan Lake Dike.

Albion: Fireworks begin at dusk Friday at Central Noble High School. Steuben County

Angola: Fireworks begin at dusk Thursday at Commons Park.

Lake James: Fireworks over the lake begin at dusk Saturday. View the show from Pokagon State Park for $5 parking fee. Wabash County

North Manchester: Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Thursday at Manchester College. Wells County

Bluffton: Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Thursday at Bluffton-Harrison Middle School on Stogdill Road. Whitley County

Columbia City: Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Morsches Park.

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, firebugs and sparkler users alike are reminded to stay safe while celebrating with fireworks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 9,600 people were treated in 2011 for injuries associated with fireworks.

More than half of those injuries were burns on the head, hands, fingers and legs, according to the CDC.

Children and adults younger than 20 accounted for more than 50 percent of the injuries, the CDC reported.

Parents are reminded to never let children handle, play with or light fireworks and to keep them in a cool, dry place, according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

When lighting fireworks, wear eye protection and never hold fireworks in your hand to light, the department said.

In the case of a dud, do not attempt to relight or alter the firework. Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water to make sure they are fully extinguished.

Fort Wayne’s city ordinance states that fireworks can be used only on an individual’s property, on the property of someone who has agreed to the use of fireworks, or at a special discharge location designated by the state fire marshal.

Fireworks can be used only between 5 and 11 p.m. from June 29 to July 3 and July 5 to July 9, fire officials said. The hours on July 4 are extended from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Last year, the United States imported $227.3 million worth of fireworks from China and exported $11.7 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


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