Lansing Discussing New Fireworks Ordinance

By: Lindsay Veremis Email
By: Lindsay Veremis Email

The City of Lansing is hoping to put an end to a loud problem. Complaints about fireworks haven't ended with the Fourth of July, they're still coming in and the city is ready to make a move.

A council committee met Thursday to talk about passing a new fireworks ordinance. Grand Rapids and Saginaw have already taken the step, even the legislature may be ready to reconsider.

"They're so loud that they shake your windows," southside Lansing resident Denise Harris said. "They have vibrated so loud that they make my doorbell ring, I think somebody needs to address it."

Harris took her story to city hall and discovered she's not the only one feeling Michigan fireworks have gone too far.

"I probably got, 30, 30 calls, emails, meetings," council member A'Lynne Robinson said, and that was before the 4th.

"I had over 25 calls and emails that came in, myself as one council member," at-large councilor Carol Wood added.

Wood says the complaints aren't about the Fourth of July, but the weeks before and after.

This was the first year Michigan has allowed consumer fireworks that leave the ground and wood says the change has opened a floodgate of trouble.

People are concerned about safety, the proximity to houses, booms at all hours of the night.

"The debris and trash that this has created in the parking lots and neighborhood streets," Robinson added. "The casings are shot and left all over."

Under the new state law, local governments can't regulate the sale of fireworks, but they can regulate their use anytime, except the day before, of and after a national holiday.

Lansing has just begun talks, but could ban fireworks the other 335 days. Council members are also hoping the state will act.

"There is legislation out there and I think they realize themselves that there needs to be some modifications made," Wood said.

"I would like to see people in general just be more considerate and I understand they're (fireworks) a good time, it's okay," Harris said, but not all day, all night, all month long.

Along with the fireworks ordinance, Lansing is looking at increasing enforcement of an existing noise ordinance and possibly boosting fines. Still, the city also says it doesn't want to pull police off public safety duties to patrol fireworks.

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  • by Janelle Location: Lansing on Jul 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
    Oh, I get it... There must be 9 holidays in a year where the government cannot regulate firework use... Since 9 x 7 = 27 and 365 - 338 = 27 days that are either a federal holiday, the day before a holiday, or the day after... That really was not made clear though in the article, in my own personal defense to my earlier post!
  • by Janelle Location: lansing on Jul 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
    Where is the number in the statement "the other 335 days of the year" coming from? There are 365 days in a (non-leap) year, not 338...
  • by D on Jul 27, 2012 at 03:36 AM
    Just put a time to stop lighting them off,I'm sure it will slow down,they just got legal ofcourse people will have fun with them.
  • by Chuck Location: Wacousta on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:20 PM
    While they're at add a rider to silence the constant Boom-Boom Noise emitting from vehicles all over Lansing that is so Loud and Profane that one dare not drive with vehicle windows down and must use AC and turn volume up on their vehicle music machine to block it out. In some parts of town it is intolerable so I among others avoid doing any business there.
  • by Denise Harris Location: 4032 Sheffield on Jul 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    This is a Public Safety issue that that should be addressed by the City of Lansing and Lansing Police when there is a danger of sparks from fireworks setting roofs and drought condition dry grass lawns on fire! Neighborhood fireworks are a nuisance that negatively impacts residents peace and quality of life!
  • by James Location: Lansing on Jul 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    Just last night some idiot was launching explosives into the air near Delta Township at around 11pm. Enough is enough. With the exception of the 4th of July, I support any law that outlaws the use of fireworks. Lets also make these idiots who think it's fun to disrupt an entire neighborhood late at night face huge fines and maybe even spend some time in jail to think about how stupid they are.
  • by linda Location: lansing on Jul 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    don,t just discuss it, do something, lansing is just going to him and haw about, i have a neighbor that just will not stop, i have a dog that is freaked out all the time now, and the idiot even has dogs, they thinks it,s a joke, so i will just keep complaining till something is done and i hear no more fireworks i quess, thing is there parents were right there to, people are so rude anymore these days,
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