Bans on fireworks hurt local business

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 8:03 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WHAS11) -- Use of personal fireworks in Indiana is now banned for the time being in Meade, Floyd, and Harrison counties. The bans went into effect on Monday after a span of hot, dry weather.

“The boy scouts know the smallest, little spark will start a fire as large as the fuel supply,” Harrison County Commissioner Jim Klinstiver said.

Klinstiver said there won’t be any fines or penalties if people break the ban rules, but if someone happens to start a fire they will have to pay for the fire department to put it out.

Floyd County officials said any fines or penalties would be up to the officer’s discretion.

The bans are also affecting local businesses, including Boo and Booms in New Albany.

“It has affected the business tremendously. I’d say we're probably off a good 90 percent in sales,” Chris Mattingly, store owner, said.

People are still able to watch public fireworks displays. Many say they are OK with the bans if it means staying safe.

“I agree with it. You saw what happened in Colorado Springs. That’s not far from where I live, and I would hate to see it happen here,” visitor Danielle Zyla said.

Fireworks are expected to happen as planned on Louisville’s Waterfront on Wednesday around 10 p.m.

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