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Portage passes fireworks measure


PORTAGE (WKZO) -- Since Governor Rick Snyder signed changes to Michigan's fireworks legislation into law, local governments have been permitted to set their own restrictions on when fireworks can be used on and near certain holidays.

The City of Portage has now passed an emergency ordinance ordering restrictions of fireworks use in accordance with the law.  Starting June 26th through September 10th of this year, no one will be allowed to set off fireworks between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The Portage City Council passed it this week to ensure that the measure was in place ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend.  Each violation of the ordinance is punishable by a 100-dollar fine.