Commissioners approve changes to GR fireworks ordinance

FOX 17 image taken July 7 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids city commissioners voted Tuesday evening to limit the days fireworks can be used.

The number of days consumer fireworks are allowed was dropped from 30 to 11 or 12, depending on what day July 5 falls on each year.

Commissioners also increased a civil fine of $1,000 for each violation of the ordinance. The previous fine structure was $50 for the first offense $100 for a repeat offense and $200 for each additional violation.

Fireworks can still be legally used:

  • 11 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. June 29 to July 4
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day

Changes to the city’s ordinance come after the Michigan legislature changed the state’s fireworks regulations last year. Grand Rapids’ ordinance now complies with those laws.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

3 comments

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.