GOSHEN — Elkhart County Commissioners Monday approved the temporary use of fireworks over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The vote was made as a concession to the forced emergency ban on fireworks enacted over the 4th of July holiday due to ongoing drought conditions in the area.
“So we’re opening this up temporarily for only the year 2012 for four days, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2 and Sept. 3,” said Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder. “For us I think it was an issue of fairness.”
According to Commissioner Frank Lucchese, the idea for the temporary allowance of fireworks stems from the large number of comments the commissioners have received from area residents who say they made expensive purchases of fireworks earlier in the year with the idea that they would be allowed to shoot them off over the 4th of July holiday.
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