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Press Release for City of Kentwood Fireworks Ordinance Amendment
The City of Kentwood would like to remind its residents and guests of our City’s Fireworks ordinance amendments made by our City Commission on June 25th, 2013. Use of consumer fireworks will be prohibited on any day other than the day preceding, the day of, and the day after a national holiday. No person shall ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks in the City other than permitted days.
On permitted days of consumer firework usage, no person shall ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m..
Violation of this ordinance contains a municipal infraction penalty of up to $500. Other components of the State Law such as property damage or selling consumer fireworks to a minor may be punishable by a misdemeanor, up to ninety (90) days in jail, and/or a fine up to $500. Please note these rules as they will be enforced beginning June 30th, 2013. Legal consumer fireworks are devises designed to produce visible effects by combustion. Examples include firecrackers, sky lanterns, bottle rockets, roman candles, and certain aerial shells not exceeding 1.75 inches in diameter. Low impact and novelty fireworks are still legal and not regulated under this ordinance.
Low-impact fireworks remain legal. These fireworks are ground-based or handheld devices that produce a shower of white, gold, or color sparks as their primary pyrotechnic effect, with additional effects such as flame, or audible crackling effect, or audible whistle effect. Examples include cylindrical, cone and wheel fountains,
smoke devices, ground spinners, and certain sparklers. Novelty fireworks include plastic and paper caps for toy pistols, party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, snakes and glow worms, and certain wire sparklers. Novelty fireworks are not regulated under this law.
Contact: Rich Houtteman
City of Kentwood
Chapter 18 - EMERGENCY SERVICES AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Chapter 22 - FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION