Monday, December 31, 2012
The start of the new year is among the 10 national holidays on which the state permits fireworks use.
This New Year's Day may be one of the noisiest on record for Michigan, thanks to revisions in state fireworks laws approved in 2012. Read more: Tips to Keep Your Pet Calm During Fireworks The start of the new year is included on the list of national holidays for which the use of these colorful explosives is permitted by state law. Under Michigan's controversial fireworks law, citizens can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday, including New Year's Day. The list of approved fireworks now includes "projectiles," such as bottle rockets and Roman Candles. Responding to its own residents' concerns about noise and safety, Macomb Township amended its fireworks ordinance in June to ban…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are among the 10 national holidays on which Michigan's new fireworks law expressly permits fireworks use.
While Thanksgiving and Christmas Day may not be considered "fireworks holidays" by everyone, both are included on the list of national holidays for which the use of these colorful explosives is expressly permitted by state law. Under Michigan's controversial new fireworks law, citizens can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. The state recognizes 10 national holidays in all. Responding to its own residents' concerns about noise and safety, Macomb Township amended its fireworks ordinance in June to ban fireworks use on all but the 30 days specifically allowed by state law. The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail. The 10 national holidays …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Under Michigan fireworks law, residents can use consumer fireworks on the day before, day of and day after a national holiday, including Labor Day.
While Labor Day may not be considered a "fireworks holiday" by everyone, it is one of 10 national holidays on which the use of these colorful explosives is permitted by Michigan law. Under the state's controversial new fireworks law, residents can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. Although residents across Michigan have asked legislators to repeal the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, which was designed to increase revenue to the state and encourage citizens to buy consumer fireworks in Michigan rather than in neighboring states, the law has been neither revised nor repealed to date. Lawmakers have, however, started to review the law that removed the state ban on bottle …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Opponents of the law say the danger is not worth the additional revenue.
Thousands in Michigan this summer are still making noise about the additional noise as a result to easier access to fireworks. West Bloomfield resident Brad Lang is among them and is soliciting support from residents across the state to repeal the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, which was designed to increase revenue to the state and encourage citizens to buy consumer fireworks in Michigan rather than in neighboring states. "The result has been a drastic increase in the amount and violence of private fireworks displays all over the state of Michigan, thereby endangering people, pets and property. It is not worth the additional revenue," Lang wrote in a letter to members of the Michigan civic action group, MoveOn, adding that is why he …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The state representative who wrote the new state fireworks law has recommended to the governor that a bipartisan committee be created to review the legislation in response to the safety and enforcement concerns expressed by local municipalities.
Clutching in his hand the remains of a 2-inch mortar that hit his home July 4, Macomb resident Edward Saroli begged township trustees Wednesday night to “protect the citizens of Macomb Township” by taking action to prohibit fellow residents from launching professional grade fireworks in his neighborhood. Saroli is not the first resident to express concerns related to the new state fireworks law, but given the law's language, local governments are, for the most part, powerless to take action restricting fireworks–even as a safety measure. Although Macomb Township did join several other municipalities in passing an ordinance restricting fireworks 335 days a year, many residents say more enforcement is needed, even if that means changing the …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Everywhere in southeast Michigan Wednesday night, fireworks, smoke and lots of pops and booms filled the air. Folks were amused and/or annoyed with the results of the new law. What did you think?
State law now allows more types of fireworks to be sold and ignited in Michigan had people reacting Wednesday night. There were far more pops and booms and sparks in the air far and wide across southeast Michigan. Some were thrilled with the spectacle. Others were miffed with the noise and smoke. What did you think? Tell us in comments or in the poll.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Demitrus Ludaway, 18 of Warren, is scheduled for a preliminary exam July 16 at 41B District Court in Clinton Township.
An 18-year-old Warren man accused of shooting another man at the Mount Clemens fireworks will have a preliminary exam this month. Demitrus Ludaway is scheduled for a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. July 16 at 41B District Court in Clinton Township before Judge Linda Davis, according to the court. Ludaway faces charges of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery and felony firearm, police said. He was lodged in Macomb County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 cash/surety bond. Around 10:35 p.m. Friday, several eyewitnesses say Ludaway shot a 19-year-old Detroit man in the leg in the area of North Main Street and Market, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said. The shooting followed a fight between Ludaway and the victim over a pair of …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The 2012 Stars & Stripes Festival runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Mount Clemens and features live bands, a carnival midway, fireworks, a K9 show and more.
The 2012 Stars & Stripes Festival returns to Mount Clemens this weekend, bringing with it more than 100 performances, a fireworks display, carnival midway and variety of other entertainments for children and adults. The festival starts at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, and runs through midnight Sunday, July 1, with most activities taking place between Market Street and Macomb Place and Main Street and Gratiot. Use these guides to plan your trip downtown and make the most of this weekend's festivities. Share your photos of the festival by clicking the "Upload Photos & Video" tab above.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Amendment to ordinance prohibits the ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks except on the day before, day of or day after a national holiday.
Saving a few extra fireworks for a post-July 4 celebration? Think again. The Macomb Township board of trustees amended its fireworks ordinance Wednesday to effectively ban fireworks use all but 30 days a year. Following the lead of cities such as Utica, Rochester Hills, Birmingham and Royal Oak, Macomb Township’s ordinance will allow the ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks on only those days specified under the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act – namely the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. Read more: Macomb Adjusts Zoning Laws to Keep Fireworks Out of Subs With 10 national holidays in the United States, this translates to 30 days on which fireworks will be allowed in Macomb. The 335 days remaining are off …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fireworks can be very dangerous if not handled properly. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your Macomb Township neighbors safe.
When used as directed, fireworks can help make special occasions like the Fourth of July fun and memorable. If used improperly, however, they can cause serious burns, fires, traumatic amputations and even death. Now that consumers can buy airborne fireworks without leaving Michigan, Sgt. Jason Dumas, a fire prevention specialist, said he and his colleagues at the Macomb Township Fire Department, are "anticipating an increase (in fireworks use), preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." "We expect an increase in runs because of fire-related injuries," Dumas said. Fireworks safety really just boils down to using common sense, he added. “Safety must be the top priority and responsibility for both consumers and certified fireworks …