New township fireworks policy to launch

Grand Haven Township will be launching its new fireworks regulations just in time for summer.
Alex Doty
May 14, 2013

 

"It appeared that it was a good thing to do and adopt," Township Trustee Howard Behm said during the first reading of the proposed ordinance on Monday night.

The Township Board will likely take final action on the fireworks ordinance at its next meeting.

Communities across Michigan began considering local regulations for the use of fireworks last year after the state eased the law on consumer-grade fireworks. Grand Haven Township is no exception.

"There was quite a bit of discussion," Behm said. "When we talked about it, (fellow Trustee Cal Meeusen) brought up about Coast Guard time and making sure it was included."

Based on the proposal now on the township table, fireworks would be limited to 31 days per year. This would include the day before and after 10 major holidays, as well as the second Saturday of the annual Coast Guard Festival.

"We think that the first Saturday in August, which is when the Coast Guard Festival is, we should allow it," Meeusen said. "Not the whole week, just the one day."

Meeusen said the township looked at what was being done in surrounding communities to help craft the ordinance. He said it will be close to what the City of Grand Haven adopted.

In addition to when fireworks can be lit, the new ordinance would also take into account weather conditions. The use of fireworks would be banned during periods of extreme fire danger as determined by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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

 

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