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

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 26, 2019

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

The Troy police only received two calls for service due to fireworks over the Memorial Day weekend, the same number as for the same span 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. “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.”

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 these laws up, 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.

The council tightened up the fireworks rules, voting 6-0 June 3 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, Jones said.

Fireworks may not be used on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day — as they could in the past.

In Troy, fireworks may only be used between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m for the specified federal holidays, except for New Year’s Eve, when they are allowed until 1 a.m.

Violations are municipal civil infractions punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

“This is the most restrictive ordinance that is allowed,” said Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm.

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