Ordinance updates dates and times residents can set off fireworks
DEARBORN – With Independence Day coming up, the city issued residents reminders of the its fireworks ordinance.
The city updated its fireworks ordinance in February. While the amended ordinance restricts the number of holidays and the times during which residents can discharge fireworks throughout the year, more allowable days were added around Independence Day.
During and leading up to Independence Day, residents are permitted to use fireworks on the following days and times:
• Between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3 and July 4.
• Between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. on July 5, but only if that day is a Friday or Saturday.
Given that July 5 falls on a Friday this year, residents will be able to use fireworks on July 5 between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.
Anyone found discharging fireworks outside of the designated dates and times is subject to a mandatory civil fine of $1,000.
The new laws do not affect professional displays authorized by the city, such as Greenfield Village’s Independence Day celebration.
The updated ordinance also incurs new penalties for other related violations.
The fine for use of fireworks on another person’s property without permission — including public, school or church property — is $500.
Additionally, the penalty for use of fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is a civil infraction with a fine of $1,000.
The change in the city’s ordinance comes after the state Legislature approved three bills regarding regulation of fireworks usage in December. House Bill 5940 enabled municipalities to restrict when a person may ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks.
Further details regarding the use of fireworks can be found in Sec. 14-265 of the city’s Code of Ordinances.