Firework shows still on despite rising Coronavirus cases

Jun 30, 2020

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Fireworks will light up the sky into the weekend, whether it be a community event or just an individual putting on their own show.


   

 

Coronavirus has canceled fireworks shows across the state, including Cadillac, Bay City and Lake City. 

 

Lake City Mayor Brad Seger said the show is a "major" draw in the area and the public beaches fill up each year with people. Director of the Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce Michelle Reichert said they canceled for safety concerns.

 

With shows being canceled, more people may choose to shoot off their own fireworks.

 

Reed City Police Chief Chris Lockhart said they will be enforcing ordinances and the state law on fireworks. 

 

State law allows for fireworks to be used after 11 a.m. from June 29 through July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

 

Other rules include:

  • Fireworks are not to be used on another’s or public property without first obtaining written consent from the property owner.  

  • It is illegal for a person to use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.  

  • It is a violation for a person who owns or is in charge of property to knowingly allow consumer fireworks to be used in violation of this law.  

  • The penalties for violating the state law or local ordinance range from civil infractions to misdemeanors and carry fines from $500 to $1000.    

 

Lockhart said he expects residents to be safe when shooting off fireworks. 

 

"Residents should use fireworks in a safe, sober and courteous manner along with applying a common sense approach," Lockhart said.

 

Some public shows are still on this weekend, including in Mackinaw City, Alpena and Gaylord. 

 Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora said its show will begin at dusk on the Fourth. The fireworks will be shot off between the water treatment plant and the bay. 

 

He said the city discussed the topic of fireworks for four weeks, before ultimately deciding to continue with the show for the community.

 

“I honestly feel like our community needs it,” Waligora said. “We need something to celebrate in these times.”

 

He said he is confident the community will be able to safely enjoy the show.

 

TAG: This story was produced as part of the Michigan News Group internship program. A collaboration between WCMU and local newspapers. You can see the print edition of his story in the Thursday edition of the Cadillac News.

 

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