New firework rules for the city of Jackson
If you live in the city of Jackson and you're planning on letting off fireworks this Memorial Day weekend, you might want to be aware of some new changes.
To reflect new state firework laws put into place by former Gov. Rick Snyder in December of 2018, the Jackson City Council changed the city of Jackson's firework ordinance in April.
The biggest change focuses on the number of days that the public can use consumer fireworks, or large-scale aerial fireworks that shoot into the sky for a large, visual effect.
Before, residents were allowed to use consumer fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after national holidays. Now, the city of Jackson only allows the use of consumer fireworks on the following dates and times:
From 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan 1.
From 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on June 29 through July 4.
July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
From 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor day.
However, because July 5 is taking place on a Friday this year, consumer fireworks will be allowed on that day.
These new changes mean consumer fireworks will not be allowed on Memorial Day or Labor Day.
The state of Michigan said that because consumer fireworks cause so much noise, the changes are necessary in order to not disturb people who have to return to work the next morning.
These new changes also bring an increase in a civil fine from $500 to $1,000 for violation of the fireworks ordinance.
The use of low-impact fireworks like ground fireworks and hand-held sparkling devices are not effected by these changes.
If you have questions about fireworks usage, you can call the Jackson Police Department at 517-788-4100.