Cheryl Maloney and her family love watching the Silver Bells in the City parade every year downtown Lansing and according to Maloney, she and her three girls anxiously await the fireworks to go off behind the Capitol building. “The fireworks are a good addition to all of the festivities,” Maloney said. “My family always loves going to watch.” According to Brian Jackson, chief deputy city clerk at the Lansing City Clerk Office, it takes a lot to get approval of this display. The event coordinators need forms, proof of funds and approval from the fire marshal and state police department.
By JOSH THALL
Capital News Service
LANSING — Unregulated fireworks are keeping some Michigan residents up at night, and a lawmaker is moving to quiet them down. Rep. Martin Howrylak, a Troy Republican, has introduced a bill that would give local governments more control over when fireworks can be used. Howrylak has received complaints from his constituents. Concerns about fireworks range from their waking children to stressing out combat veterans, said Judy Allen, the director of government relations for the Michigan Townships Association. Howrylak said he was on the Troy City Council in 2011 when the state legalized larger consumer fireworks.