GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It is almost time for July Fourth fireworks to light up the night sky.
They will also be seen in your neighborhood and there are new restrictions in effect in some local communities.
An ordinance states that fireworks use is strictly prohibited in some cities including Grand Rapids except on days before, of and after the 10 national holidays.
On the day before, of and after nine of those holidays, fireworks use is prohibited between midnight and 8 a.m.
On the final national holiday, New Year's Day, fireworks are prohibited between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.
A list of other communities and if the ordinance is in effect there:
- Allendale Township -- Not at this time
- Cannon Township -- Working on ordinance but it won't be done by July 4
- Courtland Township -- Under consideration
- Gaines Township -- Probably will be passed
- Grand Rapids -- Adopted June 25
- Grandville -- Adopted June 24
- Greenville -- Looking into it
- Hastings -- Not at this time
- Holland -- Expected to approve ban
- Hudsonville -- Likely will pass
- Jamestown Township -- Discussing issue at July 15 meeting
- Kalamazoo -- Adopted July 1
- Kentwood -- Adopted June 25 (ban is 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
- Plainfield Township -- Looking at the issue
- Portage -- Adopted June 26 (ban is 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
- Walker -- Passed on June 17
- Wyoming -- Ban went into effect June 22 (ban is 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on days before, after holiday; 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. on holiday itself)
If you are caught lighting fireworks in your neighborhood after midnight then you could receive a $500 fine.
This comes after complaints when the State legalized more powerful fireworks last year.
Ground-based fireworks, including sparklers and novelties like toy snakes, have always been legal in Michigan. But now these items are also legal -- bottle rockets, aerial cakes, roman candles and firecrackers.
Some safety tips --
- If the firework is not working then don't try to re-light it
- Don't light fireworks near trees or shrubs
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to damp the fireworks before throwing them away
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