Spent fireworks spark house fire in West Bloomfield

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 5, 2018

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Fire officials said improperly disposed of fireworks caused a house fire in West Bloomfield July 5. 

Just before 2:30 a.m., the West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a house fire in the area of Greer and Hiller roads. The homeowner had discovered a fire in a trash can where fireworks had been thrown away after use. 

The house sustained damage of an unknown nature. No injuries were caused by the fire. 

“Year after year, we go to homes with fires caused by fireworks,” said WBFD Capt. Greg Flynn. “As long as we have fireworks around homes, we run the risk of homes catching fire. ... Letting the professionals (do a) fireworks show should be how we enjoy the holiday.” 

Flynn said that homeowners should drown used fireworks in water before disposing of them, making sure they are completely extinguished before putting them near other trash.