Fireworks banned at Indiana Dunes and all Indiana, Michigan state parks

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Fireworks are forbidden at Indiana Dunes State Park, seen here in May 2022, as well as at Indiana and Michigan state parks and the Indiana Dunes National Park.
Fireworks are forbidden at Indiana Dunes State Park, seen here in May 2022, as well as at Indiana and Michigan state parks and the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Officials are reminding the public that fireworks aren’t permitted in Indiana Dunes National Park or Indiana Dunes State Park.

In fact, Indiana forbids visitors from bringing fireworks into any of its state parks and forests. Likewise, Michigan forbids visitors from bringing fireworks into its state parks, though small items such as sparklers, paper caps and noisemakers are OK as long as they don’t contain mercury.

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To take it a step further, Indiana Dunes National Park officials posted on Facebook: “People may not pollute the park with fireworks debris by launching from adjacent areas so that the fallout enters into the park. The use of fireworks not only disturb both visitors and wildlife, but can potentially start a dangerous wildfire. The park has previously experienced a wildfire in the past due to individuals shooting off fireworks. The fire came close to a park structure, but was put out by a park visitor and emergency personnel.”

Violations in the national park can lead to a fine of up to $5,000 or six months in jail. To report violations, emergencies or crimes in the national park, call 1-800-PARK-TIP or 911.

This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: Indiana-Michigan fireworks 2022: Banned at Indiana Dunes, state parks