As the summer holiday season is set to begin this weekend, there are some rule changes in Jackson concerning fireworks.
The biggest change concerns the number of days that the public can use consumer fireworks.
Consumer fireworks are the large-scale aerial fireworks that shoot into the sky for a large visual effect.
Before the rule changes last month, residents were allowed to use consumer fireworks the day before, the day of, and the day after national holidays.
Now Jackson’s rules are inline with Michigan state law, which only allows the use of consumer fireworks on the following dates and times:
- From 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 1.
- From 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day.
- From 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on June 29 through July 4.
- July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
- From 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day.
This means consumer fireworks will not be allowed on Memorial Day or Labor Day. This year, July 5 is taking place on a Friday, so consumer fireworks will be permitted on that day.
The State of Michigan says because these fireworks cause so much noise, the changes are necessary to not disturb people who have to return to work the next morning.
Additionally, the new changes mandate an increase in the amount of a civil fine for a violation of a local fireworks ordinance from $500 to $1,000.
The use of low-impact fireworks, such as small ground fireworks and handheld sparkling devices, are not impacted by these changes.