Lansing Fire: Refrain From Using Fireworks Independence Day

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

Together with the Delta Township Fire Chief, Parks and Recreation Director Marcus Kirkpatrick decided, as long as enough firefighters are present, and on close watch, there was no reason to cancel the annual show at Sharp Park.

"We have close to 30 firefighters from the station in the park and on the boundaries of the township, so we have plenty of firefighters on staff to help with the crowd," said Kirkpatrick.

The parched outdoors almost caused them to cancel the show as Meridian Township and Williamston did; worrying even a spark could cause a quickly spreading fire.

It took careful planning in making sure there would be enough firefighters and sheriff’s deputies on hand, and the show wouldn't have gone on if there were any fewer.

Lansing Fire's Brad Drury is encouraging anybody but professionals to leave the fireworks alone until there is rain; especially after fireworks caused two small fires at Cavanaugh Park in Lansing.

"Even the sparklers can burn at very intense temperatures, up to 2000 degrees, so dropping that into a dry grass area can get a fire going just as much as anything shooting up in the air," said Drury.

He knows it's asking a lot, especially since this is the first Independence Day when the higher explosive types are legal, but to instead attend the shows still running, and not putting anyone at risk.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 at 07:24 AM
    Someone should've told several of my neighbors who were setting off full-fledged mortars in a densely-populated residential area. I don't mind people using fireworks, but there's no need to use fireworks of that size near occupied homes. That's dangerous and people like that should be fined heavily.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    What a joke! Like the police did anything! We live in the city next to a very large piece of vacent land. There is a large apartment complex next to this and the residents set off tons of fire works, and we spent the night wondering if there would be a fire. Thank God it rained.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Jul 4, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    I came home from work last night to find pieces of blown up fireworks in my yard and I felt the need to go inspect the roof on my travel trailer the next morning. Sure enough I had to caulk a burn hole in the roof. These idiots have NO common sense.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2012 at 01:14 PM
    They need to get more bite into these laws and allow people to use video cameras to record the action.
  • by ak Location: lansing on Jul 4, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    It is really sad because 90% of people setting off fireworks are doing it purely for kicks not to celebrate the sacrifice many have made. And dont be surprised when something burns tonight
  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 at 07:50 PM
    These people do not care they are going to do what they want and do not care what the firefighters ask them not to do. The people here in Jackson have been setting off fireworks for two weeks now and do not care if they set anything on fire. As I am typing this I have already been listening to them going off around Jackson for over two hours tonight alone. These people will think it if funny or cool if a fire is started and will not care as long as they get to be destructive this is all they want.
  • by Lacy on Jul 3, 2012 at 07:02 PM
    Michigan's new fireworks law made it a 5- to 15-year felony to cause a fire with fireworks that resulted in damage to a building. Several Fires have already Been started by Fireworks and ONE HAS DESTROYED a Catholic Church in Kent county.
  • by Lacy on Jul 3, 2012 at 06:57 PM
    Michigan's new fireworks law made it a 5- to 15-year felony to cause a fire with fireworks that resulted in damage to a building.
  • by Lacy on Jul 3, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    Michigan is ar risk whith any type of fire works at this time I would think. Hope and pray we do not have a fire like colorodo! I hope people use there common sense and respect Michigan enough to Not Use FIREWORKS until we get some rain.
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