Should The Days And Times That Fireworks Can Be Set Off In Grand Rapids Be Limited? – Poll Of The Day
Grand Rapids is set to consider restrictions on the days and times that “consumer fireworks” may be set off in the city. Some other West Michigan cities including Rockford and Hudsonville have already set or are considering similar restrictions.
Should the days and times that consumer fireworks can be set off in Grand Rapids be limited?
Now that Michigan has made large fireworks legally available, should there be limits set on when they can be used? Some cities think so. Rockford recently limited the use of consumer fireworks between 11pm and 11am on every day not protected by state law. That’s right. State law protects your right to set off fireworks on 30 days each year.
State law protects your right to shoot off fireworks on the following 10 holidays, plus the day before and after each of these holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
So don’t worry. Your right to light off fireworks for three straight days to celebrate George Washington’s birthday is protected. Maybe. Some argue that existing noise ordinances can still be applied to fireworks. Since the noise from the fireworks seems to be the major concern, it appears that statewide fireworks holidays and local noise ordinances contradict each other.