Saturday, December 29, 2012
The start of the new year is among the 10 national holidays on which the state permits fireworks use.
This New Year's Day may be one of the noisiest on record for Michigan, thanks to revisions in state fireworks laws approved in 2012. The start of the new year is included on the list of national holidays for which the use of these colorful explosives is permitted by state law. Under Michigan's controversial fireworks law, citizens can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday, including New Year's Day. The list of approved fireworks now includes "projectiles," such as bottle rockets and Roman Candles. The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail. The 10 national holidays recognized by the law include: Many state residents and city leaders have …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Thanksgiving and Christmas Day also are among the 10 national holidays on which the state permits fireworks use.
While Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day may not be considered "fireworks holidays" by everyone, all are included on the list of national holidays for which the use of these colorful explosives is permitted by state law. Under Michigan's controversial fireworks law, citizens can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday, including Veteran's Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail. The 10 national holidays recognized by the law include: Many state residents and city leaders – including those in Royal Oak – have expressed frustration with the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011. Royal Oak passed a fireworks ordinance …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Here's what you need to know about this week's four-day festival at Zion Christian Church.
The Troy Family Daze Festival is four fun-packed days of carnival rides, games, children's crafts, live entertainment, food and other activities for children and adults. (Sound familiar Arts, Beats & Eats fans?) The festival will run Thursday afternoon through Sunday night at Zion Christian Church, 3668 Livernois (between Big Beaver and Wattles). Paved parking will be available on church grounds each day, with additional parking available at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 760 W. Wattles. Admittance is free. Ride ticket prices range day-to-day with special offers, starting with Thursday's 10 rides for $10 coupons, with regular prices falling between $3 and $4 per ride. Special unlimited-ride bracelets…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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 …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Royal Oak's 2012 Fireworks Ordinance prohibits the use of consumer fireworks on any day other than the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday.
Put away your roman candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers and mortars. Backyard fireworks displays are finished in Royal Oak until Labor Day. The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, which allows sale, display and use of low-impact and novelty consumer fireworks, went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year. However, local units of government have the ability to regulate the ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks. In May, the Royal Oak City Commission approved a new fireworks ordinance that prohibits the use of consumer fireworks on any day other than the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday. The national holidays are: New Year’s Eve, Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Everywhere in southeast Michigan Wednesday night, fireworks, smoke and lots of pops and booms filled the air. Folks were amused and/or annoyed with the results of the new law. What did you think?
State law now allows more types of fireworks to be sold and ignited in Michigan had people reacting Wednesday night. There were far more pops and booms and sparks in the air far and wide across southeast Michigan. Some were thrilled with the spectacle. Others were miffed with the noise and smoke. What did you think? Tell us in comments or in the poll.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Details on the big fireworks show at dusk on Wednesday at City Park.
On Wednesday night, thousands of spectators will gather for the big fireworks show in Clawson. Here are a few details you may want to know before heading out: Most spectators will watch the sky light up Wednesday evening from City Park, staking their spots hours before dusk. Some people also gather in the parking lot of Schalm Elementary School, next to the park, to watch the fireworks. Parade chairman Don Michels said the fireworks show typically starts at about 10 p.m. depending on how heavy the winds are. Ohio-based American Fireworks will be launching the fireworks from the baseball diamond at the park. There will be a safety zone roped off within 350 feet of the pyrotechnicians. For the fireworks show, some spectators park throughout…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms can adversely affect a dog's behavior over time.
The Fourth of July is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with the holiday. Almost all humans with canines in the United States declare this day the worst day of the year for their dogs. Veterinarians at the Village Animal Clinic in Dexter say that July 3 is one of the most trafficked days in their office, with clients seeking out drugs to help with canine anxiety. With a few tips, however, owners can help their four-legged friends conquer the fear of loud noises. "Believe it or not, anxiety is a learned behavior in dogs," Kelly Lucas, vet tech at Village Animal Clinic said. "When we tell a dog 'oh everything is OK' and try to comfort it when it is anxious, it reinforces the negative behavior, which can develop…
Where to find fireworks shows, how to avoid road construction, business closures and more.
Whether you are staying close to home or traveling up north for the holiday weekend, here's some information you'll want to know: Around Royal Oak: On Independence Day the National Weather Service forecast calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms with highs in the low 90s. Up North: Highs in the mid-80s with plenty of sunshine for the holiday. MDOT suspends many road projects around the state: Check to see if construction barrels will make your trip a slow, frustrating go or if MDOT is clearing the way for your holiday weekend drive. What’s opened and closed: Check this list before you head out the door for the bank, city office or favorite restaurant. Oakland County fireworks shows: There are plenty of fireworks shows and festivals…
Monday, July 2, 2012
There are plenty of options to catch some light shows in and around our Patch communities.
Following is a list of fireworks displays in Oakland County on July 4, some of which are part of larger festivals and activities. All fireworks begin at dusk, which is generally shortly after 10 p.m. There is no admission fee unless otherwise stated.