Greenville amends firework ordinance


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:37 am on Thursday, June 27, 2013

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville has amended its firework ordinance to restrict the time fireworks can be discharged the day before, the day of and the day after a holiday.

The Greenville City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday to amend its recently added firework ordinance.

City Manager George Bosanic said the state of Michigan passed a law this month allowing local governments to regulate late-night fireworks.

“Public Safety would welcome this,” Bosanic said.

The amendment, which was approved in a 6-0 vote by the council (Councilman Larry Moss was absent from the meeting), prohibits the use of consumer fireworks to be used between the hours of 1 and 8 a.m. the day before, day of and day after national holidays — 30 days a year.

In August, the council approved to ban the use of consumer fireworks within the city except for on and around holidays. Because of state law at the time, the city could not regulate the time consumer fireworks were discharged on those dates.

“Would this apply to larger groups like the 4-H (fair) and the chamber,” asked Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe.

Bosanic answered “yes” stating anyone who wanted to use consumer fireworks outside of the permitted times and dates, would need to obtain a permit from the city.

“When does this go into effect?” asked Councilman Mark Lehman.

According to Bosanic, the amendment is effective immediately as the council had voted it to be an emergency ordinance.

Because it goes into effect immediately, the restrictions will be in place during the Fourth of July holiday.

According to state law, there is a $500 fine for those who break the ordinance.

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