Geneva is latest to ban fireworks

    Geneva has become the latest Adams County community to ban the use of personal fireworks, joining Decatur and Berne.
    The announcement this morning was made by Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren.
    However, the public fireworks display scheduled for Saturday at the town's ball diamond.will be held, the announcement said. The Geneva Volunteer Fire Department will wet down the area prior to the fireworks and be on site during the display, it was noted.
        Meanwhile, more Fourth of July fireworks shows across Indiana are being called off because of the state’s drought conditions.
    Fire department officials are asking people to refrain from shooting off fireworks on their own and the safety of many community shows are under review.
    Auburn Kiwanis Club president Lauren Wagner tells The Star of Auburn it decided to cancel its July 5 show in the northeastern Indiana city because it wasn’t worth the safety risk.
    Shows in the nearby communities of Lake James and Kendallville are still scheduled since their fireworks are shot over water.
    The show in the town of Delphi near Lafayette also is canceled. Chamber of Commerce president Dale Seward told WLFI-TV that the fireworks company will use the payments toward this year’s show for the 2013 event.

3 firefighters treated
    Argos Fire Chief Mark Dean said three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion as crews worked to extinguish a blaze that consumed 20 acres of a wooded area.
    Dean said the fire in a rural area of southern Marshall County might have been burning for several days before it was reported Wednesday evening. He says crews arrived to find some trees burnt in half and falling over.
    Dean added that nearly 40 firefighters needed about six hours to put out the blaze that was about 100 yards from a home. The firefighters with heat exhaustion were treated at the scene.
    The area is under open burning bans.