Authorities are conducting roadside inspections of vehicles in northwest Indiana suspected of illegally transporting fireworks. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports the inspections are being conducted on every major roadway in the Region to ensure that the vehicles that are transporting fireworks, categorized as Class 1 Explosives, are operating within the Hazardous Materials Federal and State regulations.
State Police report that since the enforcement begin on June 10th with the Commercial Motor Vehicle Division, 84 vehicles have been stopped, with 28 vehicles inspected, which have resulted in 19 out of service violations including the driver and/or vehicle.
The commercial regulations for transporting fireworks apply to any vehicle carrying 1,001 lbs or more of fireworks. If residents anticipate hauling more than this weight of fireworks, the Indiana State Police encourage them to check the U.S. Department of Transportation safe Travel website, www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat, or call your local Indiana State Police Post.
Law Enforcement encourages all motorists to call 911 or the closest Indiana State Police Post if they observe a vehicle that could be transporting fireworks in an unsafe or hazardous manner.
Indiana State Police will continue to conduct these inspections throughout the holiday weekend.