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Grand Rapids restricts use of fireworks

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Residents in Grand Rapids are upset over the loud fireworks.

The State of Michigan recently legalized high powered consumer fireworks.

Grand Rapids police say they receive up to 50 complaints a day about bottle rockets and roman candles, but there's not much they can do.

"There is certainly a need to restore peace and tranquility of our neighborhoods. Residents are frustrated when they here there is no ability to enforce that currently," Kevin Belk, Grand Rapids chief of police.

In response to residents, city commissioners in Grand Rapids recently imposed restrictions on the new state law.

The new ordinance restricts the use of fireworks to just 30 days a year in the city. The ten national holidays and the days before and after those holidays.


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