West Bloomfield-area fireworks shows to light the nights

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 1, 2018

 Fireworks illuminate Sylvan Lake at a past Oakland County Boat Club show.

Fireworks illuminate Sylvan Lake at a past Oakland County Boat Club show.

File photo by Donna Agusti

 Janette Nistor, of Northville, daughter Corina and friend Diane Gabor, of Canton, prepare to watch the show last summer.

Janette Nistor, of Northville, daughter Corina and friend Diane Gabor, of Canton, prepare to watch the show last summer.

File photos by Donna Agusti

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Now that summer is in full swing, many residents want to celebrate the season with fireworks. 

In addition to ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the shows organized by local communities, residents should know about the dangers of fireworks, officials said. 

Residents of West Bloomfield, Sylvan Lake, Keego Harbor and Orchard Lake can only use consumer fireworks on the days surrounding national holidays. 

“The times you can use (fireworks) are restricted by a township ordinance,” said West Bloomfield Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist. “You can use them only the day before, day of and the day after a national holiday.” 

Turnquist said that residents can only light or use fireworks until midnight on those days. New Year’s Day is the one holiday when residents can use fireworks until 1 a.m. 

“There was a fireworks law that was passed by the state, and per the law, we can only restrict (fireworks) to those guidelines,” said Turnquist.   

People can only use fireworks on their own property or with the property owner’s permission. If fireworks are lit on one property and then fall onto another property, the person who lit the fireworks could get a citation. 

Turnquist said fireworks should be lit off in an open area, away from anything combustible. Once a firework is lit, it should be left alone until it goes off.

Obviously, Turnquist said, all fireworks should be used while sober. 

The township and the tri-cities have prohibited the use of sky lanterns.

“We have a huge problem with those,” Turnquist said. “People will light them, and you never know when they’re going to come down. They’re a huge fire risk.” 

Turnquist recommends that people leave it to the professionals, who go through a permit process with the municipality and have firefighters on standby during fireworks displays. 

“Go out and watch a professional show,” he said. “Leave it to the pros. They do it best.”

Luckily for residents, the summer season has already been filling up with fireworks displays to watch. 

One of the biggest events in the area is the Oakland County Boat Club fireworks, scheduled this year for July 3 at dusk on Sylvan Lake. 

“It’s a very, very nice family event,” said John Martin, Sylvan Lake city manager. “It’s great for the city. It seems to get a little bit bigger each year. They’ve been doing it a long time. It’s a really great time.” 

Martin said he expects between 8,000 and 10,000 people, and it’s one of the few large events for city residents and visitors. 

People can watch the show from Ferndale Park or from boats on the lake.


Upcoming displays

• June 25: Shenandoah Country Club Fireworks (rain date June 27).

• June 30: Orchard Lake Country Club Fireworks (rain date July 2).

• July 1: Pine Lake Country Club Fireworks (rain date July 2).

• July 3: Union Lake Fireworks, hosted by the Union Lake Fireworks Association (rain date July 14).

• July 4: Walnut Lake Fireworks, hosted by the Lakeshore Residents Association of Walnut Lake (rain date July 5). 

• July 6: Cass Lake Fireworks, hosted by the Cass Lake Fireworks Association (rain date July 14).

• July 7: Upper Straits Lake Fireworks, hosted by the Shady Beach neighborhood association (rain date July 8).

• July 7: Green Lake Fireworks, hosted by the Green Lake Fireworks Association (rain date July 8).