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Thousands Call on Governor to Repeal Fireworks Act

West Bloomfield man leading petition effort, saying the danger is not worth the additional revenue.

Thousands in Michigan this summer are still making noise about the additional noise as a result to easier access to fireworks.

West Bloomfield resident Brad Lang is among them and is soliciting support from residents across the state to repeal the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, which was designed to increase revenue to the state and encourage citizens to buy consumer fireworks in Michigan rather than in neighboring states.

"The result has been a drastic increase in the amount and violence of private fireworks displays all over the state of Michigan, thereby endangering people, pets and property. It is not worth the additional revenue," Lang wrote in a letter to members of the Michigan civic action group, MoveOn, adding that is why he created a petition on SignOn.org.

The petition has attracted signers from all over the state and Metro Detroit area, citing various concerns, including: record-breaking dry conditions, high costs for health care, and noise pollution. The 4,700 who have signed the petition are asking the Michigan legislature to repeal laws signed this year, making fireworks easier to purchase.

The SignOn.org petition, with a listed target goal of 5,000 signatures, reads:

"We call upon the members of the Michigan Legislature to immediately repeal the Fireworks Safety Act 256 of 2011, and for the Governor to sign that repeal, in the interest of the safety and well-being of the citizens of Michigan."

also shows support for a repeal: 65 percent of those who answered said the act "goes too far."

, in addition to public safety officers, have worked to deal with citizens' complaints and the potential for hazards given the proliferation of explosives.

rob dehko July 26, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Are you kidding? The fireworks were getting bought in Ohio anyways!!! Why make the process illegal people are going to do it anyways, at least make some money and let people enjoy themselves
Edith Ramsey July 26, 2012 at 01:22 PM
It has caused more noise pollution and danger than there was before. It is very unsettling to hear fireworks go off at all times of the day and night. Many times it sounds like gun shots and is disturbing to children, as well as adults. Please repeal the new law.
Sam Washington July 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I think this has been much ado about nothing. People just love to find something to complain about. I don't think this 4th of July was worse than any previous. What I do think is that people were more aware of it. I love the new law and what its done for the people of the great state of Michigan. Shame on Brad Lang!
Nicole Krawcke (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I personally don't believe the law should be repealed, but maybe some limits could be set on when it is okay to set the fireworks off. I still had really loud fireworks going off a week after July 4th in my neighborhood!
Joe July 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM
"The result has been a drastic increase in the amount and violence of private fireworks displays all over the state of Michigan, thereby endangering people, pets and property. It is not worth the additional revenue," I'd really like to see some statistics that actually prove this. I'm not saying that there hasn't been an actual uptick in injuries due to the legalization of certain types of fireworks, but I'd actually like to see the data behind it and not rely on anecdotal evidence. I also think that this petition is a bit late, as I think since the 4th has already come and gone, I've already noticed a lot less fireworks being blown off. Now if you want to repeal the idiotic motorcycle helmet law, show me the petition and I'll sign that immediately...
Shawn dornoff July 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Well if are are going to band the fireworks then we should also put a band on kids yelling and playing at the park, cause they are load all day and that noise pullotion too then. Also banned any and all new construction going on in the state too Cause the hammers and nail guns are also Loud. Come on people stop complaining. It's summer time the time to have fun and be loud.
Patrick M Bailey July 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
@Shawn You over simplify and are comparing apples to dynamite. Nicole is probably on the mark by suggesting the law be revised to reduce the number of days and to be more specific about what cities can do. That's the problem with the law, it's too open to interpretation. Also, it may be summer, but normal life doesn't stop. Fireworks are fine, but there are too many people who don't consider others.
Patrick M Bailey July 26, 2012 at 03:49 PM
For those who agree with the tone of the article, you are encouraged to visit the face book page MadAtMichiganFireworksLaw
Shawn dornoff July 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Bs so you guys are going ruin it by complaining because of a few bad apples. Weather or not you want to believe it every summer fireworks go off every night no matter the law. All the law is doing is alloying people in stuck up Oakland county to complain about something else and that's it.
R Gibson July 26, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Hmmm, "Lang wrote in a letter to members of the Michigan civic action group, MoveOn, adding that is why he created a petition on SignOn.org." Isn't MoveOn.org that George Soros Liberal PAC that pushes very liberal agenda. No wonder they are helping to turn it over, they hate Snyder.
Shawn dornoff July 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
If you want peace and no noise move to the country or just stay here and deal with it. Look at the bigger picture. Local people sell fireworks which brings more summer jobs and helps stimulate the state. Call the cops if u don't like the noise. Cause that also helps the state by handing out tickets. Find other solutions besides banning it.
Patrick M Bailey July 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Actually, I have found that the complaints are pretty much evenly distributed around the lower panhandle of Michigan. I'm not from Oakland county. Obviously, Shawn, you recognize the bad apples. Do you have any suggestions on how to muffle those bad apples? Something more constructive than referring to excrement might be helpful.
Patrick M Bailey July 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Shawn, it's just as bad out in the country. I live in both places. It's obvious you could care less about your neighbor. Call the cops? Right now they're saying they can't do anything because the law is too vague surrounding those three days? Don't you think that fireworks going off in the early hours of the morning is a bit much? I think we agree to let people have fun. I would hope we can agree to get the morons to stop the abuse.
Mark Itall July 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Nicole, the ability to limit when fireworks are used is written into the law already. Royal Oak for instance limits usage to the day before, the day of and the day after national holidays. Anything else is already illegal, including the over-sized fireworks some are complaining about.
Joe Johnson July 26, 2012 at 04:46 PM
This year was an anomaly because 4th of July fell on a Wednesday. Some people celebrated the holiday the weekend before, and others celebrated the weekend after. I agree with the comments above, that if the act is repealed, people will just travel to Ohio anyway to get the same type of fireworks. There are already noise ordinances in place to handle the noise problem. Contact your local police department.
James Stajos July 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Violence? What violence and what endangerment? Maybe you should show fires, injuries and property damage directly related to fireworks use. Then compare that to 2011 statistics. You cannot just invent claims. Prove them!
Bill July 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I believe that there should be time limits and constraints on this - ie no loud ones after midnight, or after 7/5 or 7/6 or so. Also, you need to be setting them off responsibly - such as no large aerial items near cars and houses, etc, and if you start a fire (even by mistake) that grows out of control or damages property then you should certainly be punished. However, I believe that we should all be allowed to set off whatever we choose and whatever is available for purchase anywhere in the country. I personally hate the fact that only ground based items are available in my state and law enforcement says the aerials and explosives are illegal here; while the 'good stuff' (aerials, explosives) are easily attainable in 4 neighboring states < 100 miles away! Firework laws and availability need to more uniform and alike in all states, or at least by regions, rather than just various laws from state to state as it is now. If we really want to buy and set off the illegal stuff it's gonna happen anyway - so long as it's done responsibly and in such a way that doesn't start fires, damage property, or create excess noise at all hours of the night!
Jean Marie Grimes July 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
This went on for days before the 4th and days after the 4th. Why don't people have to go to an open field to use these fireworks instead of right next door to homes?
Michael Freeland July 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The state will get over 25 million dollars from taxes and fees from 1.3g consumer fireworks in 2012 So, MOVE ON, and find another cause. Once a stream of income is up and running, your friends in Lansing will be hooked
Patrick M Bailey July 27, 2012 at 08:44 AM
There is something in the middle, and some fireworks enthusiasts have said they would support a proposal http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=334366569985663&id=334111573344496&notif_t=feed_comment
Bill July 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
that link def has some good ideas - the tricky part may be passing the actual legislation
Barb Polzin July 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
That must be why they started in May/June, because the 4th fell on a Weds. Got it now.
Patrick M Bailey July 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
A few of the lawmakers I talked to were open to this, but you're right. I think the lawmakers are now feeling caught in the middle between extreme enthusiasts and those wanting a total ban. I run a facebook page specifically to give those with grievances a place to speak without being badgered or criticized. That page has had a tendency for fireworks enthusiasts upset. My goal with that page was to get an idea if I was alone in thinking this year was over the top. I enjoyed fireworks with my family as a kid, but I also remembered we had a place to go to. Never did Fargo, ND sound as awful as Grand Rapids did this year. :-)
Anna Gregory July 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
In Hazel Park, fireworks started the week before Memorial Day. Last night, I am still hearing them go off. I don't mind that there are fireworks, but I would like to see the mayor of Hazel Park put a day/time limit. 3 and 4 in the morning is going just a bit too far. Midnight seems reasonable.
Sabrina-Royal Oak August 08, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I am sick of hearing fireworks every evening waking me up at 11pm, 12 am 1 am etc> July 4th was 6weeks ago. This abuse needs desperate restrictions. Sounds like guns going off all night long is too much. At least when they were purchased illegally, people used brains. One of these days someone is going to get shot from a too tired individual who thinks they are protecting themselves against some nut job shooting up the neighborhood. Please PLEASE where are the breaking the peace ordinances ?
Sabrina-Royal Oak August 08, 2012 at 02:06 AM
10pm sounds reasonable, there are also people who have babies and sleep is needed, some people actually get up at 5am to go to work. This party animal stuff and inconsideration needs to stop
Sabrina-Royal Oak August 08, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I hope you are correct, its now August 7th and I am sick of the noise as well as the worry they are going to catch my roof on fire, if not my grass and everyone else's. I guess I will start calling the police everyday.
Sabrina-Royal Oak August 08, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I should not have to move because of idiot morons with no brains. I just went up north to my property there and it was the same racket, only the neighbor paid the people a visit and then so did the police, there are better ways to make revenue and loud rude ill mannered people should be stopped

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