Farmington Hills officials consider fireworks changes

Farmington Hills city council members on Monday will consider adjusting the city’s fireworks ordinance to account for recent changes in state law.

Previously, consumer fireworks could be discharged during 12 national holidays, plus the days before and after those holidays. The new law shortens that time frame to at least 12 days:

  • 11 a.m. on December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1
  • 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day
  • 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on June 29 to July 4
  • 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on July 5, only if that date is a Friday or Saturday
  • 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day

The draft ordinance changes also propose a $1,000 fine for violating the law, with $500 going to the Farmington Hills Police Department, and requiring the violator to pay for costs associated with “securing, seizing, storing, and disposing of fireworks” confiscated.

The 7:30 p.m. meeting held in council chambers at City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., also includes a final vote on the rezoning of property at Middlebelt and 12 Mile for development of a senior living community, and a new ordinance that establishes rules for use of public right-of-way for wireless facilities.

A 6 p.m. study session agenda includes discussion of the city’s gravel road conversion policy and the wireless facility in right-of-way ordinance.

The agendas for both meetings are posted at fhgov.com.