Can’t Fix Stupid – Fireworks Foolishness

What’s the old adage?  – “Don’t Play With Fire; You Might Get burned!”

Man blows off part of his genitals with fireworks near Traverse City – “…..More powerful and dangerous fireworks legalized this year by the state Legislature have resulted in some serious injuries around the state, and were blamed for burning down a large, 1,100-family Catholic Church in Kentwood last weekend…….” Comment:

I’ve always complained about the loud nasty fireworks in our dwindling mid Michigan town of Bay City, Michigan,  as city politicians have neglected to improve the peace and security of its resident taxpaying citizens.  At present there is no viable ordinance in place and no follow-up law enforcement deterrence to crack down on the 24 / 7  bombardments of persons independently setting off their fireworks in selfish unruly bully fashion. When one logically thinks about it, these capricious peace disturbing loud noises are a bully form of hate speech.  The ungodly nuisance noises perpetrated by these bullies have certainly disturbed the peace and security of small children, babies, seniors, Veterans and many family pets.

I’ve been known to say to my wife that some of these bully people just somehow (seem) to have to prove their manhoods,  making life miserable for others, by their nuisance noises. In this case, the man from Traverse City didn’t prove his manhood at all. He obviously, diminished it.


Don’t move to Bay City, Michigan unless you want to be bombarded with unnecessary nuisance noise –

Strict Essexville ordinance bans use of all consumer fireworks outside holidays, effective Monday –

Neighborhood firework use causing more family pets to go on tranquilizers –

‘Bombproof’ horse driven to his death by fireworks –

Has the new firework law turned the streets of Jackson into a war zone? –


JACKSON, MI — The explosions started about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For two hours, bangs, booms and pops kept Amy Wise and her 8-month-old son, Vance, awake. Neighbors were setting off fireworks in the middle of the street.

And they have been for a week.

“It was a constant barrage,” said Wise, who lives near Cascades Park. “I thought, ‘This is what it must sound like in Baghdad.'”

Others in Jackson have said the amateur firework displays launched in backyards and on neighborhood streets have made the city and surrounding areas sound as if they are under attack. A looser fireworks law legalized “consumer fireworks,” including roman candles, bottle rockets, mortars and other aerial fireworks.

The law also prohibits local governments from regulating firework use on the day before, of and after national holidays. It is essentially a firework free-for-all for 72 hours surrounding major holidays.

“It was not a good night,” Wise said of July 4. “It sounded like they were going up and down the street just setting them off in the middle of the street every 10 feet.”

Wise said if she did not have Vance in her arms, trying to comfort her 8-month-old back to sleep in the sticky heat, she would have gone out into the street and yelled at her neighbors. Fireworks woke up Wise and Vance three times. One time, she went into his room and saw a scared and panicked look on her screaming son’s face.

She is not anti-fireworks, but Wise wishes people would be more courteous in their celebrations. Wise, who was able to sleep through Tuesday night’s professional display at Cascades Park, does not remember firework noise this bad in the past.

“People do still have to get up and have to work, so listening to fireworks all night longs does not help,” she said.

The new state law curbed the ability of police to enforce local noise ordinances around the Fourth of July. The city of Jackson’s 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. noise ordinance could be used to stop late-night firework displays except for the 72 hours around the holiday.

At least one state lawmaker plans to take people’s complaints to the legislature. State Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright, D-Muskegon, said she regrets her vote for the new fireworks law………

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