Fireworks – Discharge & Use Within Waterford Township
As you are most likely aware the State of Michigan enacted a law that legalized the sales and discharge of consumer grade fireworks within the State of Michigan. This law allowed the local Jurisdictions to enact only a few limitations on the use and discharge of consumer grade fireworks. The Waterford Township Board of Trustees enacted Ordinance Chapter 11-178 based on the State Law. The following is a summary of this Ordinance related to the discharge and use of consumer and low grade fireworks.
It is against the law to discharge and use consumer grade fire works on any day other than the following. On the day before, day of or day after a national holiday you can discharge consumer grade fireworks from 8:00am until 12:00 Midnight, and for the first hour of New Years Day until 1:00am.
Consumer Grade shall not be discharge or used on public, school, church, or private property of another person without express written permission from the person or entity legally in possession and control of that property. (this includes the right of way and roads)
Consumer and low-impact fireworks, shall not be ignited, discharged or used by a person under the influence of alcoholic liquor and/or a controlled substance.
Consumer fireworks shall not be possessed ignited, discharged, or used by a minor, with the parental neglect and responsibility provisions in Article IX of Chapter 11 of the Waterford Charter Township Code applicable to this Ordinance.
Responsibility; You are responsible for whatever happens when you discharge a firework and can be held liable for any damage they cause to property and any injury caused to a person. Please be Courteous and respectful to your Neighbors To view the Charter Township of Waterford Code of Ordinance regarding Fire Works. Go to www.waterfordmi.gov, Code of Ordinances Chapter 11 page 15 & 16. Recommended Safety Tips
Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
Have a safe and happy summer, Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey
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