Although nothing will be finalized until the Oct. 7 council meeting, the proposed local law that would limit the days and times private fireworks can be ignited in the city appears ready for takeoff.
The language is similar to ordinances recently adopted by the City of Grand Haven, and Grand Haven and Spring Lake townships.
After state lawmakers made sweeping changes to Michigan's fireworks law last year, they backed off a bit and allowed local municipalities to place restrictions on sky shows.
If the Ferrysburg restrictions are approved as expected, residents will be allowed to discharge fireworks before 1 a.m. on the day of, before and after the following holidays, as required by the state: New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Coast Guard Festival Saturday, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Spring Lake Village approved a fireworks ordinance earlier this week that did not include Coast Guard Festival Saturday as a permitted date.
“City Council discussed it quite a bit,” Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger said. “The Coast Guard Festival honors the Coast Guard, and they didn't want to take away the use of fireworks on that celebration.”
Bessinger said city staff has received numerous complaints about late-night fireworks.
“Members of City Council have heard the noise as well,” he said. “They wanted to regulate fireworks, especially during night hours.”
After the law takes effect, which is expected in October, violators will be subject to fines of up to $500, according to Bessinger.