Changes made to consumer fireworks ordinance

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 24, 2021


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A question from a Macomb Township student resulted in a fireworks ordinance being amended.

At the Nov. 10 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, a fireworks request was unanimously approved.

From the supervisor’s office came a request to amend the township’s ordinance code as it pertains to consumer fireworks.

Supervisor Frank Viviano said this request came about from a local teenager who asked Viviano a question about the ordinance.

“We realized that our ordinance was no longer consistent with state law,” he said.  

The ordinance previously stated that no one should ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks, except, on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after, a national holiday. Regarding hours, the prior ordinance prohibited firework usage from midnight and 8 a.m., or between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

The approved ordinance now reads that consumer fireworks are permitted after 11 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1; the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m.; June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m.; and the Saturday and Sunday immediately before Labor Day until 11:45 p.m.

An ordinance violation includes a civil fine of $1,000 for each violation.

Additionally, the board accepted the resignation of Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi from the Zoning Board of Appeals. It then appointed Robert DeBruyn to the ZBA. Additionally, Pozzi and Melissa Faustich were named alternate ZBA members.

“It was an honor to serve on the ZBA,” Pozzi said. “With the legislature constantly changing the processes, rules and the way we administer elections, I must focus all my attention on that in the upcoming years.”  

DeBruyn has been a township resident for 17 years.

The board convened in closed session to discuss pending litigation in the Macomb County Circuit Court case of Tom Esordi v. Macomb Township.

Esordi is the township’s former human resources director and legal counsel.

After closed session, the board announced the township will pursue a settlement strategy in the case.