SL residents OK with limit to fireworks

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:03 PM

During a public hearing Monday night, a half-dozen residents did the equivalent of “oohing and ahhing” over the new local law, which limits days and times that fireworks can be ignited in the village.

No one spoke against the ordinance.

Following the public hearing, Village Council unanimously approved its first-ever fireworks ordinance, which puts in place the maximum restrictions allowed by state law.

The state revamped fireworks legislation in 2012. After many complaints, state lawmakers decided to allow local municipalities to limit launch hours to between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. the next day

Residents will be allowed to launch fireworks on the day of, a day before and a day after the following 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.

Village Manager Chris Burns said the ordinance is similar to those recently adopted by Spring Lake Township and the City of Grand Haven, with one notable exception — the village law does not authorize Coast Guard Festival Saturday as an allowable launch date.

Violating the ordinance will be considered a civil infraction, with fines up to $500.

Abbey Fitzpatrick, 214 N. Jackson St., said she's pleased with council's decision.

“I think it's a wonderful thing the village is going to do, to sort of protect us from the few people who are excessive in their use of fireworks and aren't so considerate,” she said.

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