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Local Support For State Effort To Limit Fireworks Use

May 29, 2013

An Ypsilanti City Council member is applauding the state legislature for considering a measure that would allow local governments to restrict the hours during which consumer fireworks can be used. 

Council member Susan Moeller says her second ward constituents are fed up with fireworks being used at all hours of the day and night.

Ypsilanti City Council earlier this year adopted an ordinance to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks on days other than 10 national holidays on which they're specifically allowed by state law, along with the day before and the day after each of those holidays. 

The proposal from Democratic state Representative Harold Haugh of Roseville would allow cities with populations of fewer than 50,000 and counties with populations below 750,000 to ban powerful fireworks between the hours of one and eight in the morning. 

The bill passed on a 107-1 vote in the house, and now goes to the state Senate for consideration.