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Use of fireworks on the 4th of July holiday
It is unlawful to ignite fireworks on public property, school grounds, church property, or the property of another person without that organization's or person's express permission. Violation carries a $500 fine. Also, it is a misdemeanor for a person to use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The penalty is 30 days in prison, a fine of $500, or both.
Fireworks law has drawn citizen objections
Many residents have complained about the state’s restrictions governing the fireworks ordinance in the City of Northville. If you are interested in changing the laws regarding local control of fireworks, please contact your state representative or state senator. If you don’t know who they are, find out here.
The current fireworks law, P.A. 256, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. An amendment in 2013 allows local municipalities to set their own restrictions on fireworks usage, except during the day and evening hours of federal holidays and the day before and after the holiday.
You can read the “Michigan Fireworks Safety Act”.
"Please be considerate of your neighbors if you plan to set off fireworks,” said Northville Mayor Ken Roth, "Many residents are particularly sensitive to the noise from fireworks’ explosions. The noise carries for blocks and can be disturbing to many veterans, children, the elderly and even pets."
If you are buying fireworks, make sure the seller has a certification from the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. See the LARA website for a list of sellers. Buyers must be 18 years or older.
Enjoy the fireworks in a safe setting
The Northville City Fire Department, which serves the Cities of Northville and Plymouth, urges residents who are using or viewing personal displays of fireworks to follow precautions for their own safety and to prevent fires.
“You really can’t be too careful when it comes to handling fireworks” said Fire Chief Steve Ott. “According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks were responsible for an estimated 15,600 fires in the U.S. during 2013, and in 2014, U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks-related injuries.”
The Fire Department offers the following tips to help reduce the risk of fires and personal injury from fireworks:
Who to call for
complaints on and around the holiday: