Fireworks Ordinance Ammended 2013

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ORDINANCE NO. _188-A-3___ 
 
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 50, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 
50-102 CONCERNING THE USE OF CONSUMER FIREWORKS AND PROVIDING 
PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS. 
 
THE CITY OF WESTLAND ORDAINS: 
 
Section 1. That Chapter 50, Article IV, Section 50-102, of the Westland City Code is hereby 
amended to provide as follows: 
 
"Sec. 50-102. - Use of consumer fireworks. 
(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), below, it shall be unlawful for any 
person to ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks, as such term is defined 
in section 50-101. 
 
(b) A person may ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks only between the hours 
of 8:00 am and 12:00 pm (midnight) on the day preceding, the day of, or the day 
after the following national holidays: 
(1) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January 
(2) Washington's Birthday, the third Monday in February 
(3) Memorial Day, the last Monday in May 
(4) Independence Day, July 4 
(5) Labor Day, the first Monday in September 
(6) Columbus Day, the second Monday in October 
(7) Veterans Day, November 11 
(8) Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November 
(9) Christmas Day, December 25 
 
(c) On New Years Day, January 1, a person may ignite, discharge or use consumer 
fireworks between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 1:00 am, and between 8:00 
am and 12:00 midnight. On the day before, or the day after, New Years day, a 
person may ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 
8:00 am and 12:00 midnight. 
 
(d) 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. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a person that 
violates this subsection is responsible for a civil infraction and may be ordered to 
pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00. 
(e) Consumer fireworks shall not be ignited, discharged or used by a person under the 
influence of alcoholic liquor or controlled substance or a combination of both. 
  
(f) Low-impact fireworksshall not be ignited, discharged or used by a person under
the influence of alcoholic liquor or controlled substance or a combination of both. 
(g) Unmanned free-floating devices. Any unmanned free-floating device (sky lantern) 
which requires fire underneath to propel it and is not moored to the ground while 
aloft, have an uncontrolled and unpredictable flight path and descent area so as to 
pose a potential fire risk and are therefore prohibited. 
(h) Novelties. This section does not apply to novelties. 
 
(i) A person who violates paragraphs (b) or (c), above, is responsible for a civil 
infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00 for 
each violation. 
 
(j) Unless otherwise provided in this section, if a person knowingly, intentionally, or 
recklessly violates this section, the person is guilty of a crime as follows: 
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a misdemeanor punishable 
by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than 
$500.00, or both. 
(2) If the violation causes damage to the property of another person, a 
misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a 
fine of not more than $500.00, or both." 
 
 Section 2. That all other provisions of Chapter 50 of the Westland City Code shall remain in full 
force and effect. 
 
 Section 3. Severability. The various parts, sections and clauses of this Ordinance are hereby 
declared to be severable. If any part, sentence, paragraph, section or clause is adjudged unconstitutional 
or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the Ordinance shall not be affected 
thereby. 
 
 Section 4. Repeal. All other Ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are, 
to the extent of such inconsistencies, hereby repealed. 
 
 Section 5. Publication. The City Clerk shall cause this Ordinance to be published in the 
manner required by law. 
 
 Section 6. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall become effective upon publication. 
 
 
 
 ON MOTION OF _____Reeves____, SUPPORTED BY___Johnson____, the foregoing 
Ordinance was adopted by the following vote: 
 
 
 ROLL CALL: AYE NAY ABSENT
 Bryant None None
 Hammons 
 Johnson 
 Kadi 
 Kehrer 
 Reeves 
 Godbout 
 
 
 
Introduced: 6-17-2013 
Adopted: 7-1-2013 
Effective: 7-11-2013