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Fireworks ordinance reviewed

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM

“Under state law, it allows for consumer fireworks all 365 days a year," Township Manager Bill Cargo said. "We can prohibit fireworks every day, except for 30 days per year. (The Township Board) indicated that they will move forward with prohibiting fireworks other than those 30 days.”

State law allows communities to restrict the lighting of fireworks to the day of, before and after 10 nationally recognized holidays: New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Grand Haven Township residents may currently set off fireworks every day of the year.

Township officials discussed the possible ordinance changes last week, and have recommended that the township’s public safety commission look at it further.

In 2012, communities including the City of Grand Haven and Spring Lake Township restricted fireworks to only holidays permitted by the new state law.

Grand Haven Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer said restricting the days for fireworks might aid his department in the hot summer months when rainfall is scarce.

“In my opinion, I think a new ordinance may help with restricting the use of fireworks during dry weather periods that cause a high degree of fire danger,” he said.

Gerencer said the Township Fire/Rescue Department will be committed to education on the use of fireworks regardless of whether the days are restricted or not.

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