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Poll: Are You Happy With the Change in Michigan's Fireworks Law?

The Lake Orion Police Department has received a variety of complaints about fireworks over the past few weeks.

Bang. Boom. Fizzle. Flash.

Fireworks have been soaring into the skies of Lake Orion for weeks now—and the Fourth of July is still two weeks away.

Why are ? Fireworks are now legal for people 18-years-old and older to purchase (and sell) in Michigan. Not all fireworks—but commercial fireworks including low-impact fireworks such as roman candles, fountains, bottle rockets and more. Professionals only can purchase large, explosive fireworks.

Though some people may be enjoying the free firework displays, others are not. has been getting numerous complaints about fireworks in the area and many Lake Orion Facebook pages are swarming with residents commenting about the disturbances the incessant flashes and booms are causing. Many of the posts refer to children and pets having a hard time sleeping and settling down due to the displays.

“The most important thing is we don’t want people hurt; as far as I know we have not had injury reports yet,” Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh said.

Village ordinances do allow officers to ticket people shooting off fireworks in some circumstances. Narsh said that they have considered looking into a local ordinance to have further control over the use of fireworks. 

Narsh also noted that people need to be careful where they are shooting the fireworks from and where they are aiming at. If the debris from the fireworks is affecting another person's property based on the angle they are shot at, the shooter could be ticketed. People also need to ensure they are not shooting fireworks from public property, such as sidewalks, streets and schools, unless they have a permit to do so.

Narsh noted that complaints would be examined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the time, day, property and location the fireworks were being shot at.

"We have to keep bouncing back to the premise — fireworks are legal, they usually make a noise, they're usually most enjoyed at night — when we add that up the police are limited in our response in our ability to satisfy everyone," Narsh said.

Similarly, Lt. Dan Toth of the noted at a recent board of trustees meeting that firework complaints were coming in and township ordinances, such as its noise ordinance, could be applied to the situation.

On national holidays, along with the days before and after the holidays, Narsh said that their hands are tied and unless the fireworks being shot off are illegal, there is very little officers can do to stop them. He did say that aside from holidays and special occasions, he expects the fireworks craze to die down after the summer months and initial exciting phase of people exercising their new right. However, he did say that like anything else, people will need to get used to the displays, now that the state law has changed. 

"The answer isn't calling the police," he said. "It's contacting your state legislation."

"If all of a sudden train was built near your neighborhood, it would take awhile to get used to the sound of the train rolling through — that’s what this is," Narsh continued. "There’s going to have to be an adjustment by all parties because they’re here to stay."

BIG_LUKE July 06, 2012 at 05:06 AM
#1 I have no children. #2 I am not on a forum to bully or belittle someone, only to express my feeling as I'm sure the rest of the contributors are. #3 I don't instruct you, or make a recomendation upon when it should be legal for you to enjoy your hobby, or passion. Just because it is not the norm does not make it dangerous, fireworks are no more dangerous than flying in an air race. Want to restrict that too? I just wish that some of you would at least try to see things from a pyro-enthusiast standpoint.
Chris July 08, 2012 at 08:37 AM
yeah what a bunch of whiners! Geez it surely isn't like its the first state to pass the consumer fireworks law? Many other states have done so years ago without changing it back. do you not realize this ppl? Were not the only state to do this?? However common sense needs to be used yes, but it surely isnt the fault of fireworks. Me being a firefighter I think it is great that some of the tax is going to the education and support for Fire/EMS funding. It'll help keep our jobs to! I swear ppl sure need to do there research in the new "fireworks safety act" BEFORE they Whine and complain. Btw Thanks Luke, the Pro shells were great! do your research ppl.
Pat Bailey July 09, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I've read your comments, and I don't believe I have come across that many Non sequiturs in one space. Too many firecrackers go off near your head?
Joseph Peruzzi August 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Call me crazy, but I feel my quality of life in Oakland township has been diminished by fireworks going off at all hours of the night. That was not the case in the past. I don't understand why so many of you favor such an intrusion into our lives so that a few can make a few extra bucks around the fourth of July. Michigan used to be a state that stood head and shoulders above many of our adjoining states, I think the Pure part is draining away quickly.
Teddi Harrell April 07, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Finally...someone with a grain of sense in their head... I'm so tiered of all the whining...thanks @Adam!

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