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GHT considers updated rules for fireworks

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:52 PM

“We’ve had some complaints that came out of this past Fourth of July,” Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “When you have all the officers out like we did on the Fourth of July, they were busy.”

With those complaints in mind, the Township Board on Monday night discussed the possibility of strengthening the community’s rules about residential fireworks use.

“We adopted a fireworks ordinance a year ago to mirror what (the City of Grand Haven) had done,” Cargo said.

This ordinance prohibits fireworks usage to the day before, during and after 10 national holidays, plus the day of the Coast Guard Festival finale.

“If you wanted to in Grand Haven Township, you could light off fireworks 31 times per year,” Cargo said.

After the ordinance was created, new rules were made to allow local communities to add a time element to their fireworks rules.

Cargo said the township could mirror the city’s revised ordinance and prohibit the use of fireworks from 1 a.m. until 8 a.m.

The state’s fireworks law allows a community with a population of fewer than 50,000 in a county with a population fewer than 750,000 to regulate the fireworks use between those hours.

“In one sense, it’s a paper tiger,” Cargo said, adding that he hopes people will learn of the new rules and comply.

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