Blasts bottled

The Township Board had a short fuse for free-for-all fireworks.
Marie Havenga
Aug 16, 2012


Board members Monday night unanimously approved a fireworks ordinance — similar to what is in place in the City of Grand Haven — that is a reaction to the state's decision to allow aerial fireworks in Michigan at all times.

The state allows local municipalities to limit fireworks use to 10 national holidays, which both Spring Lake Township and Grand Haven elected officials have now done. The communities also allow pyrotechnics on Coast Guard Festival fireworks Saturday.

Several township residents approached the board last month requesting local laws, and trustees took action.

The ordinance, which will take effect by the end of September, calls for a civil infraction fine of $50 for first-time offenders who shoot off fireworks outside of the allowed dates. Novelty items such as sparklers will still be allowed at any time.

The ordinance also allows for reimbursement for fire calls and property damage related to fireworks-related mishaps.

Aerial pyrotechnics are allowed on New Year's Day, President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the day before and after all of the above.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Fly on the Wall

The article is unclear. Which township has the new ordinance? Evidently not Spring Lake Township - the article states that they, along with GH city, has already had ordinances passed.

Cheryl Welch

Spring Lake Township has the new ordinance, which will go into effect at the end of September. Spring Lake Township and Grand Haven are now among the communities that have restricted firework usage.

Fly on the Wall

Thanks, Cheryl.

Cheryl Welch

You're welcome, Fly on the Wall. :)



Columbus Day? Seriously? Plus the day before and after=ridiculous!


I agree.. what is so great about columbus day? & some of those might be "holidays" but I dont get them off from work, neither the day before, that day, or the day after. I dont want to hear fireworks going off when Im trying to sleep because I have to get up before the crack of dawn. thats not really helping the issue. :-\


Ok I will admit to putting on a huge fireworks display on Pennoyer Ave this forth of July. My son suffers from Autism and the people at public shows are to much for him. He hadn't seen fireworks outside of a tv screen by 8 years old. But...

I had a pressure washer ready, 6 houses of wet roofs and trees I spent the day soaking. Same 6 houses brought out all there hoses and hooked them up should a fire happen. 30 foot ladder ready. A kiddie pool full of water to place spent boxes into. I screwed the tubes into a wood base. Shot tests with Roman candles until I was sure of the aim. And placed all spectators well out of the way. I used the day before to do test shots. And the day after to use up leftovers.

All the precautions I took are most likely not the usual for the avg. Fireworks buyer. In place of fighting over the noise, shouldn't we be addressing the real problem. It dose not seem to be commen knowledge of how to handle these consumer fireworks safely. Why not start a safety course? Or require proper instructions? Not one of my large fireworks came with instructions.

Lack of information seems to be a real problem with fireworks this year.


So this only applies to aerial pyrotechnics. What is not mentioned is firecrackers and other noisemakers that stay on the ground. They are apparently legal in Michigan 365 days a year! I recommend Jakes fireworks store on Apple in Muskegon-, it is in the old Ponderosa building. Better prices than Indiana ever had!


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