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      Fireworks law sparks new debate on bans

      Traverse City leaders will discuss putting a new ban in place for fireworks displays.

      Traverse City leaders will discuss putting a new ban in place for fireworks displays.

      As of Jan. 1, 2012, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act allows the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as Roman Candles, Bottle Rockets and other items that leave the ground. The law allowed local governments to regulate fireworks displays except on the day before, day of, and day following a national holiday.

      After an increase in noise complaints since the law was enacted, many city and township leaders discussed putting fireworks restrictions in place. Local cities and townships were given an additional hand in regulation on June 19, 2013.

      Governor Snyder signed HB 4743, which revised certain aspects of the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. The new Public Act allows local governments to put additional regulations in place surrounding fireworks displays for national holidays.

      The Traverse City Commission will consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances Monday evening, which would make it illegal to set off consumer grade fireworks on the day before, day of, and day following a national holiday between 1am and 8am. This is the greatest restriction allowed by state legislation.

      Currently, Traverse City bans residents in the city limits from setting off consumer grade fireworks, except days surrounding a national holiday. If the proposed amendment is put into place, fireworks displays could only take place within the city limits from 8:01am to 12:59am the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday.

      The Traverse City Commission meeting will take place at the Governmental Center starting at 7pm.

      For answers to some common questions surrounding Michigan's fireworks law click here .

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