Mishawaka, South Bend fireworks rules in place over July 4th weekend

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Mishawaka and South Bend residents looking to celebrate July 4th with fireworks this weekend could be fined if they don’t follow local fireworks ordinances.

In South Bend, residents can only light fireworks between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Fireworks can also be set off from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4. Fireworks must not be set off in public streets or parks at any time.

Sparklers, fountains, snakes, ground spinners, smoke devices and trick noisemakers are not restricted by South Bend’s fireworks ordinance.

The fine for violating South Bend’s ordinance starts at $100 for the first offense and go up to $500.

Mishawaka residents can light off fireworks from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and from 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. July 4.

All fireworks set off in Mishawaka must be discharged on private property.

Residents who live outside city limits or in other cities are encouraged to contact their local police departments to double check fireworks ordinances before lighting fireworks over the weekend.

There are also several fireworks shows planned throughout the Michiana area on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Extra police officers in St. Joseph County will be patrolling the streets looking for intoxicated and impaired drivers throughout the entire holiday weekend.

“July Fourth has always been one of the most celebrated and traveled holidays in our state,” Lt. Tim Williams with the Mishawaka Police Department said. “That’s why it’s critical we remind every motorist to think before you drink. If you’re going to celebrate, do so responsibly, because we will be stepping up enforcement and chances are if we do see you driving impaired, we will stop you.”

Anyone celebrating over the holiday weekend is encouraged to drink responsibily and plan a safe way home with either a designated driver or using taxis, public transportation or ridesharing services.

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