The days and times when revelers get to blow their fireworks are dwindling. At the Monday, June 3 work session, the Fenton City Council introduced and held the first reading of what will be the newly amended fireworks ordinance.
According to Fire Chief Bob Cairnduff, the state of Michigan updated the rules within the Fireworks Safety Act. “I am recommending that we amend our local ordinance to reflect these changes,” he said in a memo to City Manager Lynn Markland.
Some of the changes to the Act are the days that consumer grade fireworks can be used, increased penalties, billing of storage fees for confiscated fireworks, and when the city can regulate fireworks usage based on emergency conditions like burning bans, Cairnduff said.
The most significant changes are the reduced number of holidays and the times in which consumer fireworks can be used. “The city can choose to allow consumer fireworks, or it can regulate the days they can be used, but not less than what the state Act allows,” he said.
The state removed from the list Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s birthday, Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
The times when consumer fireworks can be used also was specified in the Act. The new times are from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., exception is New Years Eve when they may be used until 1 a.m.
According to Cairnduff’s new calendar, fireworks will be permitted May 25 and 26 (Memorial Day), June 29 and 30, and July 1 through 5 (Fourth of July), Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 (Labor Day) and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).
In addition to confiscating the fireworks, those convicted violating the amended ordinance could face a fine not to exceed $1,000.
The amended ordinance is expected to be approved by the Fenton City Council at its Monday, June 10 meeting. Once approved, the newly amended ordinance will go into affect 30 days after publication; it won’t be in effect for this Fourth of July.