The Township Board has approved a measure that allows the township's Fire/Rescue Department to inspect consumer fireworks businesses that set up shop in the township.
“Either the state or the locals are going to inspect fireworks stands,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “We have fire inspectors who know what to do.”
The measure approved Monday will allow the fire department to enter into an agreement with the state Bureau of Fire Services to perform the inspections. They will be responsible for sending township fire inspector Jeff Kriger to training in February.
The department will inspect both permanent and temporary fireworks stands. The township will also receive 80 percent of the fee paid for an application permit — something that wouldn’t happen if the state performed the inspections.
Businesses would pay $800 for a permanent inspection certificate and $480 for a temporary certificate. Cargo noted it wouldn’t be a financial windfall.
Cargo said a benefit to having the local department handle the inspections rather than the state is that local officials can react faster.
The Township Board has yet to decide on whether the use of fireworks will be restricted.
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