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City of Kalamazoo moving swiftly to limit fireworks use around the 4th of July and all holidays


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners apparently aren’t waiting for the Governor to sign the new fireworks bill before they try to get their local version enacted.

It may be the only way to have it take effect before this Fourth of July.

We talked to City Attorney Clyde Robinson this week and he said it could be done if they were aggressive in pursuing it.

It would permit local bans on the use of fireworks from midnight to 8AM, even on the holiday, and the days before and after.

The random early morning use of fireworks generated a lot of complaints last year, and already complaints from people this year who just want to sleep as we approach the nation's birthday.

The new Kalamazoo City ordinance, due for consideration Monday would be given immediate effect when and if the Governor signs the bill. Normally city ordinances require a 10 day waitng period after they are approved, before they become law.