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Local governments try to rid new firework law

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It's a beautiful star-lite night, your bedroom window permits the serene flow of a soft summer breeze and outside as the moon comes over the mountain you hear BOOM, BOOM, BOOM.

Welcome to Pure Michigan.

And the Mayor of Warren would call it "pure" something else. He's on a one-person crusade to challenge the state's new and highly successful law permitting the sale of "real" fireworks.

"The sales have been phenomenal," boasts the law's chief sponsor Rep. Harold Hough (D-Roseville.) He, along with the industry, has been trying for years to give you an alternative to smuggling this stuff in from Ohio and Indiana.

But some local governments are increasingly taking a dim view of fireworks enthusiasts setting off their goodies at all hours of the night and in Warren they are not only trying to curtail those hours, they're taking a shot at exploding the law.

"This is not what I intended," laments Rep. Hough himself a former mayor and very sensitive to the needs of local residents. Yet he thinks Mayor Jim Fouts is going a step too far by restricting the use of fireworks.  His Honor would outlaw them 200 feet from a home, a vehicle, a bush or a tree which leaves the middle of Lake St. Clair for setting them off.

The new state law says local governments cannot slap any restrictions on the hours or areas for usage the day before, the day of a national holiday and the day after.  But, Mr. Fouts is thumbing his nose at that, too.

After all he did label the law a "monstrosity."

For his part Gov. Rick Snyder says, "Let's not jump to conclusions … It is appropriate to listen to the community and go through the holiday" and then evaluate what, if anything, needs to be corrected.

Mayor Fouts. Are ya listening?

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