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Lansing to vote on passing firework ordinance

Posted at 8:44 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 05:54:27-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Lansing City Council is set to vote on an ordinance Monday night that will significantly reduce the number of days you can set off fireworks in the city.

The ordinance shortens the number of days from 30 to 12

Previously, you could set off fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after all federal holidays, but now it's only certain holidays.

"It's the season. Shouldn't have certain days," Katrina Konecny, of Jake's Fireworks, said.

Now that it has been approved, Lansing residents will be able to set off fireworks New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day weekend, June 29 to July fourth and Labor Day weekend. It also includes July 5 if it's a Friday or Saturday.

They can only be set off until 11:45 at night.

"I think it's actually a good idea. I have some family and friends that have PTSD and it kind of agitates them and then having three dogs and a child at home, it's also another story with that," Mark Cummins," a Lansing resident, said.

"As long as it's not bothering nobody, people should be able to enjoy themselves for the fourth of July," Konecny said.

Violators could be fined one thousand dollars. Half of that would go to the Lansing Police Department. Some say this ordinance might be hard to enforce.

"People are set in their ways. Like in my Hillsdale tent, people are already firing them off. They're already enjoying them. They're having fun and they're coming back for more," Konecny said.

This will be the first Fourth of July with the new state law in effect. Phantom fireworks has the dates printed on the bottom of their receipts.

"We recommend that you follow what it says on here. This is coming from the state Marshall and the whole state of Michigan and they just want everyone to be safe," Mark Garrity, of Phantom Fireworks in Lansing, said.

Council members will hear public comments and then make a decision later on in the meeting.

Now that it has passed, the ordinance will take effect in 30 days.

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