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Lansing tries to silence fireworks

Lansing has joined other Michigan cities in clamping down on the use of exploding fireworks.

Last Summer, neighborhoods in Lansing and many other  Michigan cities sounded like mini- war zones, as many residents took advantage of a new state law allowing larger, consumer grade fireworks to be bought in the state.

But while the fireworks were very popular among those setting them off, many other residents were upset that their summer nights were disturbed by constant bangs, whizzing and explosions, long after the Fourth of July.   

The Lansing city council last night passed an ordinance limiting fireworks to the day before,day of and day after a national holiday.

Councilwoman Carol Wood says it had to be done.

“What this will do is quiet our neighborhoods," says Wood, "I had one constituent who actually had to disconnect her door bell because the people next door kept shooting them off late in the evening…and the vibration caused her door bell to go off.”

The Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was intended to increase revenue to the state and encourage citizens to buy consumer fireworks in Michigan rather than in neighboring states.

*Correction- An earlier version of this story used the term "commercial grade" fireworks, where "consumer grade" was meant. It's been corrected above.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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