Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan – In an eventful 20 minutes at the Sault Ste. Marie (MI) Commission meeting, the conversation around fireworks wasn’t explosive.
Mayor Don Gerrie informed his fellow members that he and a few other commissioners had received complaints about fireworks.
A history of the fireworks ordinance was then read aloud for participants to understand what they were getting ready to discuss. Mayor Don Gerrie then started the conversation as to why he had asked for this to be put on the agenda.
“I’ve had quite a few calls and messages from people that have been concerned about fireworks happening in the middle of the city and not knowing whether or not they were against our ordinance,” said Gerrie. “So I wanted to just have a discussion to see if we wanted to pursue anything further as far as limiting the times of the year that fireworks can be lit in the city of Sault Ste. Marie (MI).”
Commissioner Miller said that he had heard some complaints also.
“So far, they’ve been worried about pets. They’ve been worried about when the loud bombs, whatever goes up, their pet seem to be bothered by it. Whatever, I read the ordinance, I think the ordinance is okay.” said Miller. “I mean, I’m sorry for folks who have pets that the fireworks, you know, it bothers them. But as long as they’re lighting them on private property, they’re not lighting them in the streets. They’re not lighting them on other people’s property. I think this ordinance is fine.”
The general consensus was that the ordinance, as it was read, was fine. The commission then chose to direct City Manager, Brian Chapman, and staff to push a social media awareness campaign.
The fine for violating the ordinance is $1000.
The full ordinance can be seen below.