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Some Exceptions To Burn Bans Exist

Last updated on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

(UNDATED) - The number of Indiana counties under burn bans is growing, but there are some exceptions to the no outdoor burning rules.

The regulations vary from county to county, but they typically include exceptions for previously scheduled events that include campfires or bonfires.

Doug Lutes with the Shelby County Fire Department says anyone with a previously scheduled event involving fire has to get permission from their local fire department and must prove they have a viable water source to put out their fire.

If the burn bans continue through the fourth of July, you won't have to worry about most fireworks shows being canceled. Smoke Anderson, the Emergency Management director in Tippacanoe County, says a state law passed in 2007 prohibits local governments from stopping commercial fireworks shows from June 29 through July 9 each year.

Anderson and Lutes say the law does not require the presence of additional firefighters at fireworks shows, but both say common sense will likely dictate the extra fire trucks, just in case.

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