Dry Mich. conditions canceling fireworks, open burning
As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, a growing number of Michigan communities have banned fireworks and burning while some parts of the state experience extremely dry conditions.
The possibility of a fire igniting from fireworks and open burns is high during dry conditions, officials say.
Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake Township canceled its fireworks show scheduled for Thursday evening.
Canton Township, the village of Holly and Washington Township also banned the use of consumer fireworks because of dry conditions, according to their websites.
In Farmington Hills, officials announced Thursday evening a temporary ban of fireworks and open burning until the danger of fires is eliminated.
The city of Dearborn Heights also issued a temporary ban Thursday on fireworks and open burning until further notice.
“It truly is an unfortunate situation” Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko said in a statement, “but under these extreme conditions, we must place the safety of people and property over entertainment.”
Earlier this week, Ecorse banned the use of fireworks, recreational burning and brush burning until further notice.
Groveland Township in Oakland County banned all open burning including camp fires, bonfires and fireworks. This includes burn permits already issued.
A handful of cities, including Pontiac, Dearborn, Melvindale and Novi, have not banned consumer fireworks, but issued warnings for residents.
“Please exercise caution right now, and perhaps even consider not lighting any type of fireworks during this very dry period,” Pontiac officials wrote in a statement Thursday.