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Posted on: May 8, 2018

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Fireworks have long been a favorite way to celebrate summer holidays, especially the Fourth of July. Gov. Rick Snyder singed the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act into law in 2012, which allows the sale and use of consumer fireworks that leave the ground. Since its inception, this has been a hot button topic. While the state law limited the regulations that local municipalities can put in place surrounding fireworks, East Grand Rapids does have a few ordinances that pertain to fireworks. If you plan to use them this summer, there are some things to keep in mind. 

When can I use fireworks? 

You can legally fire store-bought fireworks on any Federal holiday, the day before and the day after between 8 a.m. and midnight from private property only. 

Can I use fireworks in a public park? 

No. Fireworks, rockets or sparklers may not be possessed or ignited in a public park unless permission, or a fireworks permit, has been obtained beforehand from the Parks & Recreation Dept. and unless such possession and use complies with Section 9.57E of Chapter 93 of the City Code.

Can I be fined for illegally setting off fireworks? 

Our city ordinance does not allow the discharge, offer for sale, or possession of any fireworks except of the type and under the conditions permitted by chapter 39 of the penal code of the state of Michigan, being sections 750.243a through 750.243e.

East Grand Rapids Violations and Penalties:  Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, any person convicted of violating any provision of this chapter shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 and cost of prosecution or by imprisonment in the Kent County jail for a period not to exceed 93 days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

Can I request a permit for a fireworks display? 

Yes, the City has a process for a private professional fireworks display, including a permit that will need to be submitted by the fireworks display company and approved by the City Commission. Communication for this type of request should be no less than 60 days. Should you be interested in this, please contact Fred Bunn, Parks and Recreation director, at fbunn@eastgr.org or 616.949.1750. 

Can I call public safety if people are setting off fireworks during restricted times or hours? 

Of course, we encourage people to call 949-7010 when they observe any violations of the law, fireworks or other. 

What else should I keep in mind? 

If you plan to set off fireworks, we encourage you to be aware if you have any veterans living near you as they can be a PTSD trigger for veterans who were engaged in combat. We encourage you to first reach out to your neighbors if you plan to set them off so they can be aware of your plans. Many pets also react negatively to firework displays. 


Please be safe if you are utilizing fireworks to celebrate this summer! 

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