Following recent action by the state Legislature to allow local municipalities to restrict late-night fireworks, city officials are considering the prohibition of fireworks from 1-8 a.m. during the certain days that they are allowed.
“Previously, the only time you could restrict use was other than national holidays," City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
According to McGinnis, state lawmakers acted on the complaints they received about the launching of fireworks after enacting relaxed rules last year.
The city prohibits lighting consumer fireworks except for the day before, during and after 10 national holidays. They also allow fireworks to be used on the second Saturday of Coast Guard Festival week.
The proposal would follow action by the Spring Lake Township Board, which is restricting fireworks from 1-8 a.m. on the days they are allowed. The amended township ordinance takes effect in mid-August.
“This is the best that we can do under the state law,” McGinnis said. “It is another tool that our local public safety officers have.”
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