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Fireworks Store Won’t Open After Royal Oak Residents’ Opposition, Owner Says

On average 200 people are sent to the emergency room daily due to fireworks-related injuries around the 4th of July.

Fireworks aren't wanted by Royal Oak residents (Patch File Photo)
Fireworks aren't wanted by Royal Oak residents (Patch File Photo)

A Bloomfield Hills man had prepared to open his fireworks business in a vacant space at the corner of East Lincoln and Campbell until residents opposed.

That space, previously a pizzeria, lies about 100 feet from a residential area, the Daily Tribune reported.

“We decided against doing it,” said Nate Jaddou, a co-owner of Fresh Approach, a grocery store across the street that owns the space.  “I felt like it was upsetting a lot of my customers. A lot of them were saying they weren’t going to shop here anymore if (the fireworks store) opened.”

On average 200 people are sent to the emergency room daily due to fireworks-related injuries around the 4th of July, according to the Oakland Press.

Michigan law allows fireworks to be sold in an effort to create more jobs and increase tax revenue.

Local officials also opposed the fireworks store.

“If it’s true, I'm relieved, Mayor Jim Ellison said. “They haven’t told us, so it’s going away quietly.”

The store would’ve been open for only four weeks out of the year and would have cost Jaddou $25,000 in renovation and pavement costs.

Ellison doesn’t expect this to be the last time a fireworks business wants to open in the city.

“Hypothetically, there is going to be a next one,” Ellison said,” and until the state law changes we are going to have to deal with it.”

“Until other communities start running into problems like we have, there probably isn’t going to be any movement on changing (state) law.”

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Quick-Rite Wildlife Control June 27, 2014 at 04:17 PM
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Quick-Rite Wildlife Control June 27, 2014 at 04:18 PM
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l.c. June 28, 2014 at 01:37 PM
"Warren has a new ordinance in place involving fireworks and keeping citizens safe during the holidays. Mayor Jim Fouts rode along with a Sergeant with Warren police to refresh the minds of local businesses about the new ordinance. "Among those are you cannot sell to minors,” said Mayor Fouts. “You should ask for ID. Number two: you cannot sell to anyone under the influence." In Warren, fireworks can only be discharged the day before and the day after a holiday. A minor can only discharge ground sparklers, and they cannot be discharged on national holidays between 11:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Fireworks cannot be discharged on any street in Warren. Traffic cannot be impeded at anytime. Discharge of fireworks is prohibited in any public park, school property, city streets and sidewalks and easement, including the ITC corridor. "We have zero tolerance for using fireworks within 30 feet of residential area. You can't use fireworks in school parking lots or church parking lots," said Mayor Fouts. If anyone doesn't follow the regulations, they will be ticketed and have to pay $500. The mayor believes a lot of people are not informed of the regulations. Some may just get a warning ticket. He also says he is somewhat "challenging" the state law when it comes to fireworks. Right now, in Michigan you can set off fireworks until midnight. Mayor Fouts is strongly recommending people to stop before 11:00 pm. "As many of the residents have told me, not just in warren but in other cities, it sounds like they are in the middle of a war zone," said Mayor Fouts. According to the mayor, every year fireworks season gets longer and longer. Many people setting them off over memorial day weekend." maybe its time for all mayors to follow Warrens Mr. Fouts rather than throwing up their hands.
RON Ostrodamus June 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Good work I.c. For a laugh I was walking through our downtown "park" and heard the familiar bangs, pops, and whistles of fireworks nearby. As I turned my head in that direction to see if there was a light show I noticed fireworks coming from the parking lot of our cop shop. Hey, boys just want to have fun once in a while. As for all the malarkey from our mayor I would not be surprised if you looked in an unabridged dictionary for a definition of the word "excuse(s)" that you could also find a reference to one local city hall. Where there is a will there is a way.

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