Days for use of fireworks extended in Troy for Fourth of July

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 23, 2020

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TROY — Fireworks for the nation’s birthday this year will last longer than they have in previous years — following the same rules as last year.

“The most relevant change for this year and next, (for the July 4 holiday) is that fireworks can be discharged from June 29 to July 5, 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.,” Troy police Lt. Josh Jones said via email last year. “In subsequent years (2021 and beyond), July 5 will only be legal if it’s a Friday or Saturday. The penalty for violations of the fireworks ordinance has changed from a $500 fine to $1,000.”

Jones confirmed that the same rules apply this year.

“There have been no changes to state law or city ordinance this year in regards to fireworks, so the same regulations will be in place,” he said via email.

“When igniting fireworks, we would like to remind and encourage our residents to be courteous of neighbors and be safe,” he added.

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, which eased restrictions on the types of fireworks consumers may detonate, took effect Jan. 1, 2012. The law allows consumers to ignite fireworks that explode in the air or on the ground that had previously been banned, such as bottle rockets, Roman candles and aerial spinners.

Under the act, municipalities may not enact ordinances, codes or regulations pertaining to the sale, display, storage or distribution of fireworks regulated in the act, but they may enact ordinances to regulate the ignition, discharge and use of fireworks by consumers. Minors may not purchase the fireworks, but they are not restricted from igniting them.

The state recently tightened up these laws and now allows municipalities to prohibit fireworks on certain national holidays, to restrict the times and to charge higher fines.

Troy has enacted ordinances that state that only fireworks permitted by the state of Michigan may be possessed; legal fireworks may only be discharged on specified days; a person may not discharge, ignite or use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance; and people cannot discharge fireworks on public, school or church property or the property of another without express permission.

Last year the council tightened up the fireworks rules, voting 6-0 June 3, 2019, to allow fireworks only on these holidays: Dec. 31 and Jan. 1; the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day; June 29-July 4; July 5, if that is a Friday or a Saturday; and the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day.

Councilman Ed Pennington was absent.

Fireworks are prohibited on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer offered these tips to stay safe near fireworks:

• Have a means of extinguishment, like a hose, a pail or a bucket with water handy.

• Do not handle fireworks that have been ignited and have not discharged.

•Always evaluate surrounding conditions — is it too dry, too windy or too close to combustibles? — before discharge.

For questions regarding fireworks, visit michigan.gov/bfs.

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