Patrick Center June 26, 2013 | WGVU Grand Rapids City Commissioners are putting the kibosh on those loud sounds after midnight.
“We got a lot of complaints from our residents.”
Ruth Kelly is Second Ward Commissioner who voted to make it illegal to light off commercial grade fireworks between midnight and 8 AM on holidays and those days before and after. She recalls the noise complaints and safety concerns she heard from ward residents last year.
“People were literally spraying their houses with water in some cases because they were worried because it was so terribly dry that there would be a fire.”
“The fire department did a study at the end of last summer.”
Catherine Mish is City Attorney.
“Showing like a 600 percent increase in the amount of fires in the City of Grand Rapids caused by fireworks.”
Where there was evidence of commercial grade fireworks.The hope is the midnight to 8 AM ban will curb costly fires and limit the noise keeping folks awake at all hours.Commissioner Kelly is asking firework user to
“Consider their neighbors and be respectful.”
If not, city police will enforce the law with the power to write a ticket punishable to up to a $500 fine.
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