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Grosse Pointe Shores adopts more restrictive fireworks ordinance

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 23, 2019

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Summer might be coming soon, but if you were thinking about spending the season setting off fireworks, you’re going to need to revise those plans if you’ll be in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The city is one of many throughout the state — including Grosse Pointe City and Farms — to have adopted a more restrictive fireworks ordinance after the state Legislature made such an ordinance possible in December 2018.

At a meeting March 19, the Shores City Council voted unanimously in favor of a revised fireworks ordinance that only allows the use of fireworks from 11 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan 1; from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day; between 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. June 29 to July 4, and also between those hours July 5 if July 5 is a Friday or Saturday; and from 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day.

As was the case under the previous law, fireworks cannot be used on public or school property, or on private property without the permission of the property’s owner.

Shores City Attorney Brian Renaud said the law applies to consumer fireworks, which “are just about any kind of firework” except low-impact ground fireworks and handheld fireworks such as sparklers.

“It significantly contracts the number of days anybody in Michigan can set off fireworks,” he said of the revised ordinance.

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act that went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, legalized the sale of consumer fireworks in Michigan and gave communities control over the use and discharge of fireworks, though the state law protected the use of fireworks on the three days that include and surround national holidays. The 10 recognized holidays under the 2012 statute included New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday aka Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The controversial statute was criticized by many state residents because of noise and safety concerns.

“It’s in the best interests (of the city) for the health, safety and welfare of the public,” Mayor Ted Kedzierski said of the new law.

Renaud said the city’s revised ordinance also states that anyone in violation is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, for which a violator can face a civil fine of $1,000 per offense.