Fireworks ban carries stiff penalties

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An executive order that bans personal fireworks use in Marion County carries hefty fines. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard issued the emergency declaration Saturday because of the drought and severe fire risk. The ban includes Indianapolis and Speedway, but not Lawrence. It does not apply to professional fireworks displays licensed by the state. Police have been instructed to respond to first violations with warnings, but repeat violators face fines up to $2,500 or misdemeanor charges that carry penalties of up to 180 days in jail.

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