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They have approved an early morning ban on fireworks, can Kalamazoo enforce it


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- City officials in most large west Michigan towns have rushed new fireworks ordinances into place banning home based fireworks shows that carry on past midnight, but the question becomes can it be enforced?

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told commissioners Monday when they passed the ordinance that they will respond to complaints if they have the manpower, but it’s a difficult crime to pin on the violator.

He says officers actually have to observe the crime being committed, and then be able to connect the perpetrator with the fireworks.

City Attorney Clyde Robinson says like any law, it takes voluntary compliance by citizens to make it work.

A violation of the city ordinance is a $500 fine.