Evansville Vanderburgh County State of Emergency Declared
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has declared a local state of emergency due to extreme weather conditions. The drought like conditions coupled with high temperatures and little to no rainfall since early June have caused the city to ban the use of fireworks for seven days beginning at 5pm this evening June 29th.
WEHT News 25 correspondent Warren Korff confirmed the ban and emergency declaration with WBKR around 4:30 pm this afternoon. The annual city fireworks show is still scheduled for Wednesday night since it held over the river on a barge. If wind gusts increase on Wednesday the city fireworks could be canceled as well.
Nearly all counties in the tri-state area are under some form of burn ban. Hopkins County KY has increased their burn ban to include restrictions on the lighting of any personal fireworks. No personal fireworks may be used without the supervision of a licensed professional and a fire truck on said property. All other counties are discouraging the use of personal fireworks and Daviess KY has asked that no projectile or aerial fireworks be used with the threat of fines of 50 to 500 dollars for a violation.