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Posted on: December 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks Ordinance

This past September a new Fireworks Ordinance went into affect in the City of Richmond that covers consumer fireworks.  Over the New Year's Holiday, it is legal to use consumer fireworks from 11:00 am on December 31st until 1:00 am on January 1st.  

Below is conduct prohibited by the ordinance.

C. Prohibited Conduct, Violations, Fines and Exceptions 

(1)  Prohibited conduct and Violations. 

(a)  No person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks within the City, except as follows: 

On the following days after 11 a.m.: 

(i)   December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1. 

(ii)  The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days. 

(iii) June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days. 

(iv) July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m. 

(v)  The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days. 

(vi) The Friday and Saturday immediately following Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

(b) In accordance with the Act the following conduct is a violation of the law.

(i)   A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without that organization's or person's express permission to use those fireworks on those premises. 

(ii)  A person shall not sell consumer fireworks to an individual who is under the age of 18. 

(iii) An individual shall not use consumer fireworks or low-impact fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor and/or a controlled substance, as those terms are defined in the Act. 

      (2)  Fines.

Any person who violates this subsection is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, and shall be subject to a civil fine of $1,000.00 for each violation of the ordinance and no other fine or sanction. In accordance with Michigan Public Act 635 of 2018, $500.00 of the fine collected under this section shall be remitted to the Richmond Police Department for enforcing the ordinance. 

       (3)  Exceptions.

Exceptions to the allowable dates for the ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks may be made by the Richmond City Council.  The Richmond City Council shall approve a Special Event – Consumer Fireworks Application for use with this section.  Residents may use this application to seek an exception to be allowed to ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks for special events such as weddings, significant anniversaries or significant birthdays


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