There was no disagreement last night when Traverse City Commissioners voted to ban the use of fireworks within city limits.
“Fireworks are an enjoyable thing if done appropriately and in safe environments,” says Mayor Michael Estes. “But we don’t need commercial-grade fireworks being blasted off around our town.”
Fireworks will be allowed on days immediately surrounding a national holiday, as required by a state law passed earlier this year.
“I think the public accepts that,” Estes says. “They’re sort of prepared for it. But to have it going on for weeks at a time, all hours of the day, is totally unacceptable.”
The new state law allows licensed vendors to sell more powerful fireworks for use at home. Estes calls that law “a mistake.” He says he expects several area villages and townships to follow the city’s lead.