OUR VIEWS: Fireworks grounded

Jul 12, 2012

 

Some simply enjoyed the fact that the restrictions were lifted. Others partook in the new freedom and lit the city skies from their own yards with bottle rockets and other fireworks.

It was all fine and dandy for a while, but many residents soon realized which neighbors would keep them up at night — not just with the noise of the fireworks, but also with the fear in the back of their minds about the capability of those neighbors to light the fireworks off safely.

The close proximity of homes within the city limits was literally brought into a new light for many residents as their neighbors launched the potential fire hazards into the sky. Fire danger is a real threat as West Michigan struggles with drought conditions. Injuries to innocent bystanders are also a possibility.

Police handled 15 complaints regarding fireworks in the city the weekend prior to July 4. These complaints took them away from more pressing matters.

The complaints also made the city aware of the negative side of this new patriotic liberty.

The city held an emergency vote right before Independence Day. The result fizzled city residents’ fireworks freedom for the majority of the year. City of Grand Haven residents can still light off fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after national holidays, and on the second Saturday of the annual Coast Guard Festival.

This compromise of sorts has the best interest of the community in mind. It limits our community’s freedom, but increases safety and sanity for those residing in the city.

Those who don’t care for the noise and potential danger presented by their neighbors celebrating with fireworks only have to endure it during set times. Those who enjoy the aerial fireworks can still indulge during the allotted times.

Whether you’re for or against the aerial displays, at least you’ll know when to expect it. And we’ll all be safer because of it.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

 

Comments

ghresident

First I'd like to say thank you to the careless person with no respect for other peoples property. I now have a hole in my siding from your reckless discharge of bottle rockets, it actually punched a hole through the vinyl before exploding, your just lucky you didnt set my home on fire........After making a complaint with the GHPS and taking with the officer Ive know for many years, he chuckled at the supposed 15 complaints. He stated that they have had complaints everyday since the new law came into effect, 15 wouldnt even scratch the surface with the amount of calls they have had.

MeanSmith

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migpilot

Red, white and boom!

God bless the U.S.A., and thank you, Michigan, for lifting a ban on airborne fireworks that has prevented state residents from celebrating as they’d like.
 
Fireworks are synonymous with patriotism, and have been since Americans began singing the Star Spangled Banner, and likely prior to that.
 
Being free is part of patriotism, as is being free to raise some star spangled banners and watch rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.
 
Too often, government places laws and restrictions upon the people. Legislators mistakenly, at times, take on the role of big brother, making sure that people don’t harm themselves, others, or the state.
 
We’re glad that the state has gotten over it when it comes to firework bans. Now we just hope that local municipalities don’t step right back into that role and restrict local folks from enjoying their festivities.
 
Life is risk. We could get hit by a bus (or a trolley) tomorrow. Or we could blow our finger off with a firecracker. But, in the end, people’s fingers are their business.
 
Our only request of those seeking to unleash a flurry of snap, crackle and pops is that you be courteous to your neighbors. Please don’t set any houses on fire, and don’t have nonstop fireworks at all hours of the day and night. Keep it within reason.
 
Now we’ll see how much our local governing bodies trust us to do just that.
 
We ask that they please allow the fireworks to fly o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.
 
This was their view before the fourth of july. 180 degrees or so.

ThomasLieber

It is not safer anymore. Other countries doesn't need a permit to have a fireworks. But it would be better if there is. It is for the safety of the people as well. - Missed Fortune

 

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