MARQUETTE — The Fourth of July is this Saturday, and that means people will likely begin setting off fireworks this week.
The Marquette City Police are reminding the public of the regulations outlined in the fireworks ordinance. June 29th is the first day consumer fireworks can be used, and they can continue to be set off through July 4th. Fireworks are permitted on those days from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 p.m.
Police Chief Blake Rieboldt says that in addition to following proper safety measures, it’s important to be considerate of those nearby who may be affected by the noise.
“Just try to be responsible and be courteous and conscious of your neighbors or your neighbors pets,” said Chief Rieboldt. “And that’s the biggest complaint that we get around this time of year, the stress that it puts on animals and also the stress that it puts on some citizens. We just really, really hope that the public uses fireworks in a responsible way and is mindful of the other people that are trying to enjoy the Fourth of July here in the City of Marquette.”
The Police Chief says another thing to be cautious of is where your fireworks are being set off. The ordinance prohibits use of fireworks on public property, school or church property, or any other property where the owner hasn’t given permission for it to be used.
“Be aware of your surroundings and make sure that you’re not letting fireworks off in an area that may cause damage to somebody’s property or in the woods where it may ignite and cause a fire,” Chief Rieboldt advised. “So you can’t go down to the public beaches and light off the fireworks; it has to be on your property. And you need to be mindful of where those fireworks are going and be careful that it doesn’t destroy or damage other people’s property.”
Any violation of the fireworks ordinance will result in a $1,000 fine. To view the full ordinance, click here.