Celebrating the Fourth of July with Fireworks

Independence Day is almost here and many people have already begun celebrating. While many fireworks are legal in the State of Michigan, before you head to a fireworks stand to make a purchase, there are some very important things to keep in mind.

First, please be mindful of your neighbors. Many veterans or people that experience PTSD are negatively affected by fireworks. If you know this is the case for someone nearby, please be a good neighbor.

Second, although fireworks are legal throughout the state, the City of Warren has additional rules that are outlined in its Code of Ordinances. Here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • In accordance with State Law, during this time of year, fireworks can only be used from June 29 through July 4, between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.
  • Fireworks cannot be used on church property, school property, or someone else’s property without permission.
  • Fireworks are not allowed on public property, including public streets, parks, alleys, roads, sidewalks, easements, and rights-of-way.
  • Fireworks cannot be ignited or set off within 30 feet of any house, structure, building, vehicle, or landscaping (which includes vegetable gardens, shrubs, flowers, trees, and gazebos).
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, and/or synthetic marijuana or another illegal substance is prohibited from using fireworks.
  • A minor should not ignite or use any low impact or novelty fireworks unless under the supervision of an adult.
  • Sky lanterns are prohibited unless a permit is obtained for use on a special occasion.

Please remember that these are only some of the guidelines outlined in the City’s ordinance. Before purchasing or using fireworks, we highly suggest that you review the full ordinance by clicking here.

Last but not least, it is also important to be mindful of your furry friends and family members during this time of year. Many pets are frightened by fireworks. To help protect your pets and keep them comfortable and safe this week, here are some tips.

  • Bring your pets indoors during fireworks. Also, creating a comfortable place for them to lay, such as a blanket or bed, will help.
  • Stay with your pets or make sure they are not left alone.
  • Keep them occupied. Some ideas are to provide a toy stuffed with treats, or have music or a television on.
  • Some pets are comforted when they are wrapped up. Try wrapping them in a blanket or using a thunder shirt for your pet.
  • Give them plenty of hugs and reassurance that everything is okay.
  • Make sure your pet has a microchip and/or ID tags in case they do get scared and run away.
  • Check with your vet to see if your pet can receive a prescription for anti-anxiety medicine.

Many of us love to see fireworks lighting up the night’s sky, but before you strike that match, please make sure that you do so safely and responsibly. If you suspect that someone is violating the city’s fireworks ordinance, please call the Warren Police Department’s non-emergency line at (586) 574-4700 and follow the prompts to speak to dispatch.