GHT to discuss firework restrictions

Grand Haven Township officials are looking into regulating firework blasts.
Alex Doty
Sep 17, 2012


There are regulations in place in some surrounding communities, Township Manager Bill Cargo said.

The City of Grand Haven and Spring Lake Township restrict fireworks to only holidays permitted by the new state fireworks law. The state allows local municipalities to limit fireworks use to 10 national holidays: New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas; and the day before and after each holiday.

“The Township Board was taking a slightly different tact,” Cargo said.

A preliminary proposal put before the board looks at the possibility of allowing fireworks year-round — with the exception of extreme fire danger days, and between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. every day.

Cargo said that if the township were to go this route, it would likely cause a more complicated method of enforcement since there would be different rules in neighboring communities.

“The upside is that you are maximizing the ability to use consumer-grade fireworks while ensuring neighbors get a decent night’s sleep,” he said.

Cargo said the Township Board will likely look at alternatives to this proposal during its next meeting. He said there isn’t a great rush to get an ordinance in the books since the summer is season has passed.

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




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