Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore says it doesn't look like relief from rain is on the way, so the 4th of July fireworks show at Rice Field has been canceled because it would put the property and surrounding neighborhoods in danger from fire.
Also, Elkhart County commissioners will meet with the mayor, fire chiefs, police chiefs, directors of the county’s 911 centers and EMS directors Friday morning to discuss a possible ban on all fireworks because of our dry weather.
Other local communities have banned fireworks over the 4th of July holiday. But that's caused confusion because of a state law that says you can use fireworks from June 29 through July 9 ... even in areas with a burn ban.
So which is right?
WSBT called the Indiana State Fire Marshal and even they couldn't clear it up. Regardless, local emergency officials are urging common sense and caution.
"The point is if you take the risk of burning fireworks and those fireworks cause a fire that gets out of control and we have a burn ban in effect you have broken the law," said Jennifer Tobey with Elkhart County Emergency Management.
As of Thursday morning, Lagrange and Kosciusko counties have issued disaster declarations which ban the use of fireworks. But other counties, like St. Joseph and Elkhart, are looking into issuing their own bans.
St. Joseph County joined others last week when it updated its burn ban, strongly encouraging people not to light fireworks.
Those disappointed in the canceled fireworks show at Rice Field can still see the United States Army Field Band Volunteers perform at the McNaughton Park band shell on the 4th at 7 p.m.