Michigan Residents Call For Repeal Of Fireworks Law

Petition calls for fireworks law repeal

The mess is everywhere.

At least that’s how one Grand Rapids resident describes fireworks in Michigan one day after the Fourth of July.

Brenda Johnston signed a petition calling for the repeal of the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, which legalized the use of consumer fireworks across the state and went into effect in 2012.

In a July 5 comment on the MoveOn.org petition, Johnston said there are fireworks at all hours and not within the times listed in the law.

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“This is a terrible law,” Johnston said, in the comment.

The law allows for fireworks on the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday, such the Fourth of July. The Michigan Legislature changed the law in 2013 to allow local communities to restrict the time when fireworks could be shot off, prohibiting any displays between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.

It’s not just the noise pollution that has residents on edge across the state. For Alena Carpenter Pray of Muskegon it’s the morning after, too.

“Waking up to debris on cars and house and in driveway and yard is ridiculous,” Pray wrote in a July 5 comment on the petition website.

In Sterling Heights, fireworks destroyed a homeowner’s garage after the homeowner discarded used fireworks in garbage cans alongside their home. The garbage caught fire and spread to the attic of an attached garage, according to a news release from the city of Sterling Heights.

The Sterling Heights Fire Department responded to the blaze on the 4100 block of Vera Court at 1:37 a.m. today. There were no injuries, but there was extensive damage to the home, estimated to be $150,000, the news release stated.

Joan Marie Grover of Leonard signed the petition today and said she wouldn’t mind one day of fireworks but for “fireworks and guns to be going off for a week or so is upsetting not only to me but also my dogs.”

“Please repeal this law and leave it the professionals to set off the fireworks,” Grover wrote in a comment on the petition.

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