Fireworks booms need toning down

The Fourth of July holiday should be about family picnics, patriotic songs and parades, and those beautiful fireworks bursting in the night sky.
Jul 17, 2014


And while there were plenty of family time and activities that stirred the souls of patriots young and old this year, there was also a bit too much freedom in our celebrations for most peoples’ liking.

More than half of our readers who participated in an online poll at said the four-day-long personal fireworks shows were way over the top – in a bad way.

A full 18 percent of respondents said the fireworks displays drove them nuts, 16 percent said their pets went crazy, 3 percent showed concern for veterans suffering from PTSD who had trouble with the constant barrage, and 15 percent said fireworks should be outright banned.

We had high hopes that when the state loosened the regulations on fireworks that people would show restraint and be reasonable in their approach to these explosives. After all, most people in the Tri-Cities community care about their neighbors, love dogs and cats, and generally seek to promote peace and harmony.

Clearly, we were wrong.

While we promote freedom on a regular basis, we also expect people to use common sense and be respectful. That didn’t happen this year. In fact, many shot off fireworks well outside the 1 a.m. legal cutoff and a full day later than they were allowed to under state law.

The chest-reverberating booms drove pets and humans alike to duck for cover, and four days of this left many shaken, exhausted and downright disgusted.

This flagrant disregard for the well-being of others beyond their circle of fellow celebrants has led to local governments eyeing the regulations and figuring out how to better enforce the rules.

We urge officials to do all they can to make sure celebrations in the future are respectful of the law and of their neighbors.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty, Fred VandenBrand and Mark Brooky. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



Aw, what,s the matter, you have to much stress in your life, things are not going to good, you have ton,s of bill,s that are due, good new,s, take a long july 4th weekend, have a Bud, un wind and have some fun, you might like it !!!


my neighbors ARE STILL shooting off fireworks almost 2 weeks later!!!


They're warming up for Coast Guard week now! :-)


I have no problem with those who want to blow off fireworks.Or have no mufflers on their motorcycles, boats or cars. Even the loud music that prevails on the streets and at traffic lights. As long as they do so in their own garages or basements. Freedom rules! Also someone ripped off six pistol rounds on the south side of Jackson st. between fourth and fifth 7/4. I suspect under the guise of fireworks. hopefully into the ground. And no they were not firecrackers. Former eleven bravo, current firearm owner. Soon we will have to expunge the word quiet from the lexicons of life. If you blow your horn when you lock your car you ARE part of the problem. And Keep it to your self fool nobody made you d.j to the world.


Yep, certainly was a long weekend and plenty of of people from out of town,


I highly doubt someone "ripped off" 6 rounds down town g.h. You can get fireworks amd firecrackers just as loud as a gun. A .357 fires off around 160dB. With your average firework or firecracker is at 167dB. And thunder at 180dB.

Sobwe should ban thunder too. Just a thought

deuce liti

I know a little girl who wouldn't mind thunder being banned.


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