February 21, 2019
The Boyne City Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors that the city has a fireworks ordinance clarifying when fireworks may be used.
“Consumer Fireworks,” which are defined as firework devices designed to produce visible and/or audible effects by combustion, are only allowed to be used on the day before a national holiday, on the holiday, and on the day after a holiday.
Consumer fireworks include devices such as firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, consumer size aerial and other exploding devices.
Low-impact fireworks, which include sparkling devices that do not explode are allowed any time of the year. Boyne City Police Chief Jeff Gaither said there have been some questions about the use of fireworks. Basically, if it goes bang or is launched, you can only use them on the designated days.
Gaither said the Police Department will investigate all reports of fireworks that are used outside of the permitted days or where prohibited.
The penalty for a violation of the fireworks ordinance is a municipal civil infraction. In all violations of the ordinance, the fireworks will be confiscated.
State law prohibits the use of Consumer Fireworks on any public property including city parks and streets.
“We’re coming up on the time of year that fireworks become very popular,” Gaither said. “Following some simple guidelines will help everyone to have an enjoyable holiday in Boyne City:
- be considerate of your neighbors.
- follow the laws and ordinances.
- children using fireworks should be supervised by adults.
- don’t consume alcohol or drugs when using fireworks.
- don’t use fireworks in public parks or streets.