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NEW FIREWORKS LAW IN EFFECT

In December 2018, the State of Michigan changed the laws regarding the use of consumer fireworks.  The Village of Grand Beach adopted ordinance #2019-97 to provide for the regulation of the ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks, as allowed under the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, Act 634 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 2018, being MCL 28.451, et seq., as amended.

The law regulates the use of consumer fireworks and has limited the number of days that fireworks can be discharged. The state also increased the penalties, and violators shall be guilty of a municipal civil infraction, punishable by a fine of $1,000.00.

A person may only ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks in the Village of Grand Beach on the following days, after 11:00 a.m. EST:

  1. December 31 until 1:00 a.m. EST on January 1.
  2. The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day, until 11:45 p.m. EST on each of those days.
  3. June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. EST on each of those days.
  4. July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m. EST
  5. The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. EST on each of those days.

Burn Ban.  Due to the Village’s natural topography, location on Lake Michigan, and the extreme weather events, including severe draughts that have become more common in recent years, the Village has a considerable amount of natural dune grasses which are highly flammable in the event of unusually high temperatures combined with very dry or draught-like conditions.  In extreme circumstances, the Village’s Police Chief may issue a burn ban to protect the Village residents’ health, safety and welfare.  In the event of a Village-wide ban on burning, the discharge of fireworks of any nature or sort shall also be temporarily prohibited until the burn ban is lifted.

The previous fireworks ordinance #2014-85 is hereby repealed in its entirety, and replaced with #2019-97.  A full copy of Village ordinance #2019-97 is available for review in the clerk’s office or view ordinance #2019-97 here

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