Fishers still plans fireworks despite drought


An Indianapolis suburb is moving ahead with plans for a fireworks display this weekend despite concerns about grass fires amid Indiana's worsening drought.

At least 25 Indiana counties have banned open burning. Several of those bans include fireworks. A majority of the bans are in northern Indiana, where a moderate drought has left lawns and fields parched and elevated the risk of fires.

Fishers Freedom Festival executive director Jennifer Kehl says she spoke with the state fire marshal Monday and that plans are still in place for fireworks at this weekend's annual event in the suburb north of Indianapolis.

Kehl says volunteers may saturate the ground before staging fireworks or move the launch site to an asphalt area if conditions don't improve.

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