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Enough of the firecrackers

July 15, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
I’ve had my fill of people lighting off firecrackers in my neighborhood every night for the past two months. I’ve had enough of it and want some peace and quiet — especially if I’m sleeping or sitting out in my backyard at night.

What ever happened to following the law and not creating a nuisance? I guess when it comes to fireworks everyone feels it’s a harmless activity. But when it goes on for so much longer than the holiday — you’ve got to wonder if anyone else has had enough of it too.

I can be relaxing from a long day and then I jump when these loud booms start.

I think I’m pretty tolerant about most things, but this is certainly one that drives me crazy each year and it goes on for much longer than just a week or two around July 4.

Without any regulation, these types of fireworks can be used any day of the week.

By state statute, cities cannot ban the use of fireworks on the day preceding, day of, or the day after a national holiday.

This amounts to 30 days a year. The city of Iron Mountain, through its ordinance, will allow the use of consumer fireworks during these 30 days only. I’m not sure what is allowed in the city of Kingsford — I couldn't find any information in the code of ordinances.

The holidays include the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Here are some other facts about the law and fireworks in Michigan:

— Consumer-grade fireworks must be ignited from your personal property on not public property such as streets and sidewalks or church and school property, according to state law.

— It is illegal to light fireworks while you are drunk or on drugs.

— Make sure you buy fireworks them from licensed stores. A store will have the license displayed inside.

— If your fireworks cause a fire that destroys property or causes injuries or death you could face misdemeanor or felony charges which is punishable up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine.

I’m hoping that the stash of fireworks that people in my neighborhood have run out soon. I just want to enjoy a little peace and quiet on these nice summer nights.


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