WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) - The City of Wyoming has a new ordinance to restrict the hours when fireworks can be shot off on the days surrounding national holidays like the Fourth of July, but some say it can't be enforced.
The ordinance bans the use of more powerful consumer-grade fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. on the day before, of and after most national holidays. On New Year's Day, the use of fireworks is prohibited between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Wyoming's city council passed the emergency ordinance June 17 and it went into effect June 22. The idea is stop the loud noise when people are trying to sleep.
According to the ordinance, officers have to see someone lighting them to write the $250 ticket.
"I like the idea of it, but it's not worth it. They'll never be able to enforce it," Wyoming resident Craig Hamilton said. "It's a waste."
Wyoming police Lt. Scott Beckman disagrees.
"You can't catch every single person, but you are going to get people," he said.
The Wyoming Department of Public Safety said in a Tuesday release that "the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals."
It urged residents to be safe when using their own fireworks, saying an adult should always be in charge, and encouraged being respectful of neighbors.
Grand Rapids has a similar ordinance that it put into effect last week.
A list of other communities and if similar ordinances are 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
- 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
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