Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fireworks ordinance





We get a lot of questions about acceptable uses of fireworks in the Township. Below you'll find our ordinances, or parts thereof that cover fireworks:

Sec. 54-43. – Fireworks (Prohibited in Parks) = Misdemeanor.
No person shall fire, discharge, or have in their possession any rocket, firecracker, torpedo, squib, or other firework or any substance of an explosive nature within park property. Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor punishable as provided by this Code.

Sec. 26-1. – Fireworks - Defines a Class B Consumer Fireworks as being restricted by the Meridian Ordinance.
As used in this section, the term "fireworks" means a device made from explosive or flammable compositions used primarily for the purpose of producing a visible display or means toy torpedoes, railway torpedoes, firecrackers, or salutes that do not qualify as class C fireworks, exhibition display pieces, aeroplane flares, illuminating projectiles, incendiary projectiles, incendiary grenades, smoke projectiles or bombs containing expelling charges but without bursting charges, flash powders in inner units not exceeding two ounces each, flash sheets in interior packages, flash powder or spreader cartridges containing not more than 72 grains of flash powder each, and other similar devices.

Class C fireworks means toy smoke devices, toy caps containing not more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture, toy propellant devices, cigarette loads, trick matches, trick noise makers, smoke candles, smoke pots, smoke grenades, smoke signals, hand signal devices, Very signal cartridges, sparklers, explosive auto alarms, and other similar devices.

Sec. 26-1(b) – Sale of Class B is a Misemeanor

(b)​Except as provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, use, or explode fireworks. The township board may permit the supervised public display of fireworks pursuant to the provisions of section 243b of the Michigan Penal Code (MCL 750.243b), and the possession, storage, offer for sale, sale, or use of fireworks pursuant to a permit under such section. Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor punishable as provided by this Code.
(c)​The township fire chief, or his designee, shall seize, take, remove, or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner all fireworks or stocks of fireworks offered or exposed for sale, stored, or held in violation of this section.

Sec 26-2: “Ignition, Discharge and Use of Consumer Fireworks between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.” = CIVIL INFRACTION

Sec 26-3: “Ignition, Discharge and Use of Consumer Fireworks restricted to the day before, the day of, and the day after the National Holiday (except between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.) = CIVIL INFRACTION

Sec 26-4: Sky Lantern – Prohibited = CIVIL INFRACTION


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