SL residents OK with limit to fireworks

New fireworks restrictions in the Village of Spring Lake have sparked support.
Marie Havenga
Aug 20, 2013

 

During a public hearing Monday night, a half-dozen residents did the equivalent of “oohing and ahhing” over the new local law, which limits days and times that fireworks can be ignited in the village.

No one spoke against the ordinance.

Following the public hearing, Village Council unanimously approved its first-ever fireworks ordinance, which puts in place the maximum restrictions allowed by state law.

The state revamped fireworks legislation in 2012. After many complaints, state lawmakers decided to allow local municipalities to limit launch hours to between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. the next day

Residents will be allowed to launch fireworks on the day of, a day before and a day after the following holidays: New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Village Manager Chris Burns said the ordinance is similar to those recently adopted by Spring Lake Township and the City of Grand Haven, with one notable exception — the village law does not authorize Coast Guard Festival Saturday as an allowable launch date.

Violating the ordinance will be considered a civil infraction, with fines up to $500.

Abbey Fitzpatrick, 214 N. Jackson St., said she's pleased with council's decision.

“I think it's a wonderful thing the village is going to do, to sort of protect us from the few people who are excessive in their use of fireworks and aren't so considerate,” she said.

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Comments

gordbzz231

no more booms and bangs in spring lake, if you want fireworks ? go to grand haven, maybe we should charge spring lake a fee for sending all the residents here, help donate money for the fireworks

gordbzz231

no comments ? come on spring lake, where you at, lol

rukidding

Walk north past Jackson until you reach the first exit, follow it to the right until you are in the middle of a bridge...jump

That's where it's at!

Zegota

If you consider the ten holidays that you are permitted to use fire works and that you are also permitted by state law to enjoy them the day before and the day after the holidays. That is a total of thirty days people, (30) days that you can enjoy your private or more likely not so private fireworks. For a total of one whole month each year, and you can fire them off until one o'clock in the morning on those days. I believe that this should allow you more then enough time to enjoy the fireworks, all we ask is that you respect other peoples property. Some people do work for a living yet, and some people have pets, and even small children at home, please enjoy your fireworks but think of your neighbors also.

 

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