Lights out at 1 a.m.

The Spring Lake Township Board shortened the fuse on fireworks last week, but the new restrictions won't go into effect until mid-August.
Marie Havenga
Jul 15, 2013

 

State legislators recently approved giving local municipalities the power to forbid discharging fireworks late at night on certain holidays, as well as the day before and day after.

The Township Board approved a measure last week that disallows fireworks between 1 and 8 a.m. on those days. Novelty items, such as sparklers, are allowed at any time.

“There have been calls and concerns about late-night fireworks usage,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said. “The previous statute did not take that into account. It was legal for people to shoot off fireworks at 3 in the morning.”

Last year, the state made sweeping changes to its fireworks legislation, allowing fireworks to be shot off on and around 10 holidays: Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Arbor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the day before and day after each holiday.

The township also allows fireworks on the first Saturday in August to coincide with Coast Guard Festival.

Gallagher said he thinks the new time restrictions are reasonable.

The law will be enforced by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Violators will be subject to a civil infraction, according to township attorney Ron Bultje.

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Comments

auddiebrook

Now what kind of fireworks would one shoot for Arbor Day? All green? I LOVE my fireworks! But Arbor Day seems just a little ironic to me.

Say no to new taxes

Midnight is late enough, 4th of July and New Years eve should only be the two holidays where they are allowed. Mr. Kings birthday is a stretch.

beeman

Way to go Gordie....more laws. You don't understand/know how to enforce the ordinances that are on the books now. What good is in adopting more ordinances ? You and the SLT staff need to be replaced.

Lanivan

This is craziness personified, government run amok, creating job security for themselves, I suppose. The State loosens restrictions on firecrackers, which is stupid right from the get-go. Then local governments are put into the unenviable position of having to create regulations to appease those complaining about the lack of fireworks regulation.

Lessthanamused, where are you with your finely-honed sarcasm when we need you?

 

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