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"Knock it off," GRFD asks public to stop lighting off fireworks illegally

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 16:56:16-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — The Grand Rapids Fire Department says anyone lighting off fireworks recently are breaking the law.

“This weekend if you fire off fireworks, you’re breaking the law. So knock it off." Grand Rapids Fire Department Lieutenant Bill Smith said. "We don’t want you to get fined. If law enforcement gets involved, you’re going to get a civil infraction and have to write a check for 1,000 dollars,”

Bill Smith with the GRFD says calls have been coming more frequently about fireworks. In fact, calls are up 532% from last year about fireworks going off.

“You’re keeping your neighbors up. Disturbing their sleep. Disturbing animals. We’ve even gotten calls from our United States military veterans complaining about fireworks, and it’s causing post-traumatic stress issues,” Smith said.

Fireworks will be legal to be let off next week, from 11 am to 11:45 pm Monday through Saturday.

“It’s a problem, guys. People are not obeying the law. We get it, you’ve been cooped up. Our entire nation has been impacted by these pandemic requirements. You want to get out. You want to play and do something exciting. But this is not the way to go,” Smith said.