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Fireworks GraphicConsumer fireworks are readily available in Michigan and have become a popular way to celebrate holidays. However, the use of consumer fireworks comes with great responsibility that should be taken seriously. Ypsilanti Township has restricted the use of fireworks to the absolute minimum allowed by state law. Despite those restrictions, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office receives a high volume of fireworks complaints on a regular basis. Most violations are for setting them off on days not permitted or after midnight.

Residents are respectfully asked to follow all safety rules and legal requirements when igniting fireworks in neighborhoods. Please be respectful of others in your neighborhood who may be adversely affected by long periods of loud explosions from fireworks displays.

 

Ypsilanti Township has the right to prohibit the use of fireworks on any day of the year except for:

New Year’s Eve Fireworks permitted December 31st 11:00am - 1:00am.

Memorial Day Fireworks permitted Saturday & Sunday preceding Memorial Day 11:00am - 11:45pm. Fireworks are NOT allowed on Memorial Day (Monday).

Independence Day
State law and Township Ordinance regulations for Independence Day:
1. The discharge of novelties, low-impact fireworks and consumer fireworks are permitted Monday, June 29, 2020 - Saturday, July 4, 2020, from 11:00am - 11:45pm.
2. Consumer fireworks shall not be ignited or discharged on public property, school property, church property, or property of another person without that organization’s or person’s written permission to use consumer fireworks on the premises.
3. Minors shall be prohibited from possessing, using, igniting or discharging consumer fireworks.
4. No person shall use low-impact or consumer fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor or a controlled substance or both.

Labor Day Fireworks permitted Saturday & Sunday preceding Labor Day 11:00am - 11:45pm. Fireworks are NOT allowed on Labor Day (Monday).

 

The Township Board has received numerous complaints from residents concerning the disturbances caused to their families, persons suffering from PTSD, and pets when fireworks are ignited late at night and into the early morning during the 30 National holidays identified in the 2013 State Law; The Board believes that restricting fireworks during specified days and times to the State minimum, is in the best interest of the Township and its residents.

 

Unlawful use of fireworks can be reported to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office by calling (734) 994 - 2911 for non-emergency police service. Emergencies including injuries and fires due to fireworks explosions should be reported using 911. Violators are subject to a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $1,000 for each occurrence.

Fireworks Resolution No. 2019-07 in reference to Fireworks Ordinance 2019-485.

Michigan Fireworks Safety Act Section 28.457 Local Ordinances

 

The Township legally cannot reduce days or hours regulated by the State. The Township can allow additional days, but do not. To express concern and need for change regarding this law, please contact the following representatives:
State Representative Ronnie Peterson at or (517) 373-1771
State Senator Jeff Irwin through senatedems.com/irwin/ or (517) 373-2406
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell through debbiedingell.house.gov or (734) 481-1100

Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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