East Lansing Restricts Fireworks Use

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

It's a sign of festivities and a part of holiday celebrations and because of a new state law, consumer fireworks have become more readily available. However, East Lansing offcials say some have taken it too far.

"This constant timing of it, all hours of the night, in neighborhoods with young children, it's just not safe for us," said East Lansing Mayor Diane Goddeeris.

The city does have a noise ordinance to stop people from setting off fireworks if it's considered a nuisance to neighbors, but the city attorney says it's not working.

"It's difficult to find the person who discharged the fireworks. That's clearly the case in a number of incidents that were investigated," said East Lansing City Attorney Thomas Yeadon.

East Lansing City Council decided to take a more complete approach and voted to ban the use of consumer fireworks. To stay in compliance with state law, the ban will be lifted the day before, the day of and the day after national holidays.

"They sound like large gunshots and they're very frightening to children and they're frightening to parents when you're indoors and you don't see the fireworks," said Mayor Goddeeris.

According to the mayor, the new ordinance is not to stop anyone from having fun at the right time and the city will give people a chance to learn the new rules before cracking down.

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  • by Angie Location: Lansing on Oct 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    I sure would appreciate Delta Township getting on this bandwagon. Who seriously needs this sort of thing for "entertainment"? The tenants next door (home owned by an absentee slumlord)fired over a dozen bottle rockets into our backyard, one hitting my mother-in-law. We got some lame "oh man, sorry" and the pleasure of cleaning up their debris. Their "festivities" began the week before the 4th and ended several days after.
  • by Chris VanKoevering Location: Eaton Rapids on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    I can't be the only one that feels that this ordinance is going to have the same impact as making them illegal again.
  • by Jason Location: Lansing on Oct 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM
    Rules should be First offense: $100 fine. Second offense: $500 fine and 90 days in jail.
  • by Bryan Location: EL on Oct 3, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    I hate to break it to all the policy makers in East Lansing... but this will end up in court and be overturned. Cities cannot create laws that trump state law... way to waste some tax dollars E.L.!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    Now if Jackson would do this same thing it would be great. Here it is October and I am still hearing people setting them off at night and not early but later after 10 and 11 pm. This needs to stop there is no need for setting them off that late at night. But these people that do this are just idiots.
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