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Kalamazoo City Hall rushes to enact fireworks ordinance before the 4th of July


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners have given initial support to a new ordinance that would restrict the use of fireworks from midnight to 8 a.m. on holidays.

City Attorney Clyde Robinson says the legislature has just approved the changes that make the city ordinance possible.

But a few things have to happen if it’s going to be in effect before the 4th of July. First the Governor still has to sign it before the holiday.

Then the City Commission will have to come up with a super-majority on July 1st to give it immediate effect, Judging from last night’s unanimous support, that should not be an issue.

One question Commissioners had last night was, can it be enforced? Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says he will meet with his senior staff this week to discuss how they plan to enforce the new ordinance, but he says they will probably intercede if they observe the miss-use or dangerous use of fireworks, or the discharge of illegal fireworks.

He suspect that it would be complaint driven.

The penalty for violating the ordinance, as stipulated by the state law is a $500 civil fine.