Father of Michigan fireworks law says he has no regrets

Harold Haugh sometimes feels as if he’s spent the past four years as the most hated man in Michigan. Especially around the Fourth of July.

Haugh, a former state representative from Roseville, introduced the 2011 legislation that permits the sale of more powerful fireworks in Michigan, a law that has generated loud criticism across much of the state. As an online petition drive to repeal the law gains momentum, agitated residents from Mackinaw City to Monroe say they marked another Independence Day weekend in neighborhoods that sounded like a war zone.

Mortars, Roman candles and other types of skyrockets have emerged as standard ammunition for many July 4th revelers.

In an interview with Bridge, Haugh said he has no regrets about his legislation, which legalized the sale in Michigan of high-powered, high-volume fireworks previously available for purchase only across the border, in states such as Ohio and Indiana. He noted that the law achieved its three stated goals: Creating jobs, generating new tax revenue, and putting vacant buildings back to use with fireworks vendors.

Yet, the former Roseville mayor said he remains reluctant to talk about the legislation after facing an explosion of biting comments – either by name or by inference – on TV and radio, in newspapers and thousands of emails, and particularly on social media.

Perhaps the nadir was a letter Haugh received from Warren’s colorful mayor, Jim Fouts, accusing Haugh’s legislation of making life hell for military veterans, small children, Alzheimer’s patients, kittens and puppies in his community. “Night after night, the sound and smell of fireworks permeate the night,” Fouts wrote, “keeping adults, children and pets awake and shattered.”

Four years later, Haugh remains under fire and ducking for cover.

“My wife tells me to get over it. So, I’ve moved on,” said the ex-lawmaker, who was term-limited from the House after 2014.

One of Haugh’s former Democratic colleagues, state Rep. Henry Yanez of Sterling Heights, has introduced a package of bills that would repeal the law. But that legislation has yet to receive a committee hearing.

The online petition to repeal Haugh’s law, launched on the MoveOn.org website last week, already nears its goal of 25,000 signatures. At that point, the petition would be presented to the state House and Senate for consideration.

The petition notes: “The result (of the 2011 law) has been a drastic increase in the amount and violence of private fireworks displays all over the state of Michigan, thereby endangering people, pets and property. It is not worth the additional revenue.”

Michiganders’ love/hate relationship with fireworks – flocking to public displays while denouncing private use in residential areas – was reflected in the Legislature’s handling of the issue. The 2011 bill to liberalize the fireworks sales passed by margins of 97-10 and 34-1 in the state House and Senate, respectively.

A change in the law enacted in 2013 won adoption by an even more-lopsided margin. Those amendments provided for limits on displays to the three days surrounding 10 national holidays and a ban between midnight and 8 a.m.; in larger communities, the cutoff is 1 a.m.

State moneymaker

The vendors who have benefited from the 2011 law assert that, while some people hate the airborne arsenals, the public overall is speaking with their dollars. Business is booming.

Sales in Michigan have shot up dramatically, from $17.5 million in 2013 to $26.4 million in 2014, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs, which oversees the safety inspection program for fireworks stores and temporary tents.

In turn, fees collected by the state from fireworks sales jumped from $674,000 in 2013 to $1.9 million last year. The LARA’s most recent annual report shows that another $600,000 was generated last year in permit fees paid by vendors.

Fireworks retailers must pay an annual certificate fee — $1,000 for permanent stores and $600 for temporary ones — and collect a six percent fireworks “safety fee” on all sales.

The money adds up quickly because the state now has more than 200 brick-and-mortar stores where commercial-grade fireworks are sold, and nearly 700 temporary facilities popped up last summer.

Revenue from the controversial law serves as a strong incentive for pro-business lawmakers to keep the statute in place. Haugh said he will play no role in any future public debates over fireworks but he suggests that local officials and legislators who call for repeal face an uphill climb.

“If they can get the votes, God bless ‘em,” said Haugh, who is now a political consultant. “Those that don’t like fireworks will always have their opinion. But the bottom line is that we’ve had those fireworks for years and years.”

Before Haugh’s legislation took effect, Michigan outlawed the sale of aerial pyrotechnics, though the law was routinely violated, but mostly with relatively tame explosives that delivered a “pop,” not a ”boom.” Yet, even with the subsequent restrictions on fireworks displays, local officials say that police do not have the manpower to fully enforce the current law.

As for safety concerns, the fireworks industry that lobbies for keeping the law argues that many injuries and deaths are due to a lack of “common sense” by reckless users of the explosives and that alcohol is often a factor. One case of apparent recklessness unfolded on June 28, when an Oakland County man died after holding a large commercial-grade mortar shell next to his head just as it exploded.

Haugh noted that back in 2013, even tighter restrictions were proposed in the Legislature, including municipal bans on all commercial-grade fireworks, but those provisions were defeated.

Perhaps the untold irony of the story is that Haugh has never lit a fireworks fuse, not even on a tiny firecracker or bottle rocket. His wife loathes fireworks. Yet, he can’t seem to shake the reputation of a pyromaniac politician gone awry.

“Like I said,” he explained, “I’ve moved on. I’m focused on something else."

Chad Selweski is a political writer. His blog is “Politically Speaking." You can follow him at @cbsnewsman on Twitter

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ZelmoOfTroy
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:42am
I salute Chad Selweski for a timely report, and judicious use of terms like "rocketed" and "boomed."
7screamingdizbusters
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:49am
Expensive toys for a momentary burst of excitement, the appeal is lost on me but maybe I'm just a boring person. :)
LP
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:54am
Frankly, the man should be totally ashamed of himself for terrorizing pets, livestock, and combat veterans. Add to that the fact that neighbors may have to get up early to work the next day and can't get any sleep. Shame shame shame on Mr. Haugh.
Ramona clark
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:10pm
I agree LP. I sent him several emails before getting a canned response that didn't address my email at all. I personally think he enjoys that it is scaring animals and vets and making real working people lose sleep
Tom
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:57am
I say let Darwinism reign :)
Rick
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 9:41am
True GOP answer - all about money and money going to businesses. That's all that's important. No thoughts about people, injuries, hospital bills, etc.
Disgruntled Taxpayer
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:32am
True GOP answer? Check your facts, Rick. Harold Haugh is a Democrat. And the bill had overwhelming support from both sides. Please don't make this something that it's not.
Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:37pm
Yes Rick: Your are right. I remember a news segment on the TV news, 2,4,7 62, or 50 I do not know what, but someone was recording with a normal computer recorder the family setting off F ire Works. I do not know who lit the explosive. The Mother looked at the "bucket like holder". The explosive lit a bit late. The mother lost her head, literally. Sort of like the "Darwin Awards". But what was going to happen to the rest of the family?
John Saari
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 9:51am
I think they should be banned except at an approved site.
Shaun
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:34pm
Another option to consider would be the use of these items during specific dates and times. I understand wanting to celebrate the 4th with fireworks, but why must we "light up" all summer long?
Beth
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 1:33pm
The law already STATES that they are supposed to be restricted to the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday. The law just can't be enforced since the dwindling number of law enforcement officers are taking care of what are considered to be more serious crimes.
Scott Roelofs
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:02pm
You are right Beth. There are a lot of people who choose to ignore the law allowing these fireworks for 3 days around certain holidays. In Grand Traverse County, I heard loud "booms" near my home up to midnight on July 11, clearly a violation. The violators know that the Sheriff Department will not come out to cite them. These explosives are a public nuisance.
Barry
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:51am
I believe if you check the 3 day "open season" for setting off fireworks is only in effect IF your local government (city, village, township, county) enacts an ordinance implementing the ban.
Cathy M
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 9:57am
If the will by the legislators is weak on repeal, let the firecrackers pay for all the infrastructure taxes that need a guaranteed source of revenue!
Steven
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:11am
Harold Haugh is the best example of why a part time legislature is necessary to save Michigan from such ill founded unmitigated public policy disasters. Rep. Hough should try launching a rocket off of his head as it would be clearly the best use of it. Sending tens of millions of dollars to Chinese fireworks manufacturers just so low IQ citizens can terrorize their neighborhoods all summer long, hurt pets, seniors, combat vets and anyone else who enjoys peace and quiet should be a prosecutable offense. Let alone the tons of these fireworks shot over our lakes to pollute them is a just great! If there were a true accounting of the costs associated with fireworks it has to be a big loss for the state as a whole. Maybe the greedy state pockets some shillings, but all the local police & fire runs, lost work, etc, has to far exceed the revenue. There should be an annual legislative award for the stupidest most ill founded public policy named the "Harold Hugh Moron Award."
Don
Sun, 07/19/2015 - 9:29am
Best comment posted. I used to enjoy proper and timely fireworks displays. No longer. The knuckleheads that abuse the privilege and the intent are responsible for my shift.
Janet Van
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:21am
When you've watched three houses on your block burn at the same time because of fireworks, you have a different perspective on this. I live in the suburbs now. Our development has banned them, with eviction as punishment. Has that stopped anyone? Nope. It's not Darwinism when you don't partake but your neighbor's idiocy burns down your house. That's why we have laws. People seem to forget that. Until it happens to them, then they start complaining. As for economic enhancement, full legalization of marijuana would be a year-round boost to the economy. So would prostitution, for that matter!
Hugh
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:19am
Now you're talkin'!!!
ALE
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:32am
This is my primary concern. I live in a densely populated neighbourhood with old "tinderbox" balloon framed houses. Fireworks do not obey property lines. The law says you can't fire them off over other folks' property, but on a 40' wide lot, people don't care, or they shoot them off in the street (also illegal). I am terrified every year that my house will go up in flames, as I have not yet put a steel roof on it. Or that the neighbour, whose house is 6' from mine, will light his own house and start mine ablaze. But the police are so over worked that they don't respond quickly to every fireworks call- there are more important matters to attend to. The law also does not give consideration to burn-ban days when the fire risk is too high. I believe it was the first year it was legal, we had a ban in effect- too dry to have a cooking fire or bonfire- but shooting embers over the entire neighbourhood? Well that was just fine. I think that was also the year that the church in Grand Rapids burned because of fireworks misuse, but I could be mistaken. I used to enjoy the 4th and would celebrate with a cookout and family time. Now I stay up all night with crying kids and terrified pets praying for it to stop at 1am. This year it was 2.30 and my husband had to get up for work 4 hours later. I wish every legislator who thought this was a great idea had to endure what so many of us have to all day from at least the 3rd-5th, if not longer.
Silas Ormsbee
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 5:36am
Just a Question : who's house burned down.
Matt
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:24am
One more thing for poor people to spend their little money on and another vehicle to forward natural selection. Sounds like win win! But my dog and I hate them!
JFD
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:02am
Eight years ago our house burned to the ground,as well as our neighbors houses, because of three young men setting off bottle rockets in a 40 MPH wind on the shores of Lake Michigan. We lost everything except our lives...all our treasures collected over a lifetime as well as our adult childrens treasures. It took us over a year to rebuild on the lot we have owned since the 1960s. My own state senator voted for the measure to relax these measures on aerial fireworks! We have never been able to replace our treasures, only building and refurbishing a house we can live in. Yes, it was a stupid act of these young men who never contributed to our replacements. Sometimes laws are good to protect innocent people and legislators should remember that...I can think of other ways the State of Michigan can raise revenue!
ALE
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:35am
I am so sorry for your loss. You are so right that sometimes the law exists to protect others. Sometimes we just can't trust that everyone will be responsible enough for things like fireworks.
Rich
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:03am
I guess there are no military veterans, small children, Alzheimer's patients, kittens, or puppies within hearing range of the Detroit fireworks, Greenfield Village, or all the other government sponsored fireworks shows, nor do those fireworks pollute any waters or forests that they fall upon.
ALE
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:51am
The difference is that municipal displays have a set date and time and people can prepare themselves, their pets, their loved ones, for the event. It was far easier before it became a free-for-all. I don't know how other municipal shows are run, but growing up in Mason, the fire department roped off an area at the fairgrounds and carefully considered their launch site so all debris fell in that area. They packed their own fireworks and did cleanup, too. Maybe this gives me too high expectations for pyrotechnics, but I would hope that others take such a responsible approach to these launches. The individuals in my city, hoever, are not. Debris everywhere, booms night and day for months on end, and a near constant string of explosions for three days in July.
Lori
Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:16pm
@Rich Exactly! So glad you're point yhat out gor people...there ARE the public displays, also loud, disruptive and pollutant BUT they are once or twice a year AND lost, usually, less than half an hour, not anytime, all the time for far more days than daddy the "legal" three. So. Yes. And that law needs ve repealed soon as possible. Don't worry sbout loss of money to the State...the program operates AT A LOSS... “It is important to note that this was the third year the program operated at a loss with expenses exceeding revenues, which in turn causes a budget shortfall to other bureau program activities."
JR
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:27am
I bear no animosity toward Mr. Haugh. He was simply misguided in my opinion, but this law needs to be overturned in the interest of public safety. If the legislature won't do it, the courts should. Janet Van, above, speaks of fire; a compelling reason that consumer fireworks should not be legal. At least one church in Grand Rapids lost its roof to fireworks as well. For the week surrounding the Fourth, my neighbor shelled my house for hours, setting up on the public street to do so and launching fireworks toward my urban home. (He didn't turn around and send them toward his house, of course.) The noise was awful but the least of my concerns. In addition to soothing my cat I had to turn off my smoke alarm system as the house filled with acrid fumes. In the mornings I would find my yard full of debris, my car covered, and pieces of fireworks even in the back yard because some went over my 3 story home. It was a supremely childish and narcissistic display on his part, and destroyed any good will I might have held for him in the past. I worried that my historic home would burn during the blitz. I couldn't turn on the alarms due to the smoke already filling the house, so we would have gone with it, in all probability. I have zero confidence in the Michigan Legislature, but the courts hold more hope. If I had experienced a fire (and survived) I would have first pressured the prosecutor to charge the neighbor with arson. If he wouldn't do that, I would have pushed for criminal negligence. If that didn't fly, I would bounce it over into civil court and go after the neighbor, the vendor, and anyone else I could connect to the event for damages. My goal wouldn't be to collect money as much as to keep review of this law in the courts for a long time and force the courts to examine it, hopefully issuing injunctions in the meantime. The argument that it's OK to terrorize citizens now in Michigan because it is "legal" to do so in this way is specious. It's legal to own a gun, but not to shoot it in the air or at a home in a heavily populated area. We can all think of many examples of things that are legal, but prudently regulated due to potential harm to public safety. Sorry for the rant, but it's an explosive topic. :-)
Duane
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:34pm
You could have stopped the whole thing. Just go get your garden hose and spray where he's at. Think outside the box. Don't get mad, get creative.
sue
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:48pm
The church you reference is St Mary Magdalene Catholic church located in Kentwood Mi. It wasn't just roof damage, it was totally involved in flames and despite fire dept efforts, completely lost. It took two years to get it rebuilt and masses and parishioners able to have their church home back According to mlive story on the dedication of the new church last June, insurance covered some but parishioners were left with $1.7 million remaining debt to rebuild. Maybe since Mr. Haugh has moved on he'd like to drop a check in the mail to help put? Or would he spin this as a boon for mi economy as look! At the construction jobs that were created.
Adam
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:52am
Fireworks were bought in Ohio when they were banned, so we either capitilize on it or let Ohio take on the monetization of them. Seriously though, 3 nights in a year is terrorizing your neighborhood? This is the celebration of our country and you would like to sit and read a book with your cat curled up in your lap. Give me a break, how unAmerican can you be? You are wasting our governments time complaining about this non-issue and in turn will lose people jobs, close down businesses back to vacant buildings and cut funding to the State from tax revenue.
Beth
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 1:38pm
The point is that it's not just three nights a year. This happens as soon as the weather is somewhat decent, and surprisingly often when it's not it many communities. Also, folks, you CAN call the non-emergency number of your local law enforcement agency if your neighbors are not following the law (i.e. outside the three days) or using the fireworks in an unsafe manner. Don't take it into your own hands (i.e. turning a hose onto your neighbors fireworks) and end up being the 'bad guy' in the situation.
ALE
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:01pm
Unfortunately, that doesn't even work sometimes. If there are no officers available and no one is still out by the time they come by, nothing happens, not even a report. And since our community has no non emergency number, many folks feel bad calling 911 and taking up the dispatcher's time when there could be a real emergency that needs their attention more. So yes, I have called, but like the nausea inducing bass coming from next door, it isn't something the officers often get here in time to do anything about. People know what they are doing is illegal, so they do it in small spurts so they don't get caught. But yes, much better than the hose solution, which could be construed as assault if your neighbour spins it a certain way...and then you end up in trouble, too.
Adam
Thu, 07/16/2015 - 2:36pm
So its because of the law these violators are doing what they are doing? They will get the same fireworks either way, the law has nothing to do with people who do not respect the laws that govern.
MC
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:39pm
I have to agree with those who think the now-legal fireworks bring more danger than pleasure. I don't mind the half-hour fireworks show that our city puts on a few times a year, but I don't enjoy my neighbors' fireworks shows that last from 8 pm to midnight for three nights in a row. Does anyone know how many of the fireworks stands are actually owned by people living in Michigan? All? Most? Or are the longstanding companies from Ohio simply setting up shop here and then taking our hard-earned money back to Ohio?
KC
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:25pm
3 nights in a row, is that all? Consider yourself lucky.
KC
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:23pm
Glad to hear you've "moved on", Haugh. Meanwhile, the rest of us are being kept awake and tortured by the noise night after night. Did you think this one through? Let me answer that for you. NOPE.
Charles Richards
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:52pm
" He noted that the law achieved its three stated goals: Creating jobs, generating new tax revenue, and putting vacant buildings back to use with fireworks vendors." Mr. Haugh not only shows a stunning lack of judgment, but no awareness of what good judgment is. Let us say that the law created ten jobs, two million dollars in new tax revenue and 20 vacant buildings in use. Would he consider that as adequate compensation for all the injuries, lives lost, property damaged, loss of sleep and destruction of peace and quiet? The idea of wise policy making is to weigh costs and benefits. He has demonstrated a complete lack of awareness of the need for such a process. And of course, neither did all his fellow legislators who voted for his bill. No wonder we are so badly governed.
Chuck
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 9:25pm
For at least 20 years we never took a trip down south without bringing fireworks back up to northern Michigan. We always put them off at New Year's when the trees were bare and there was snow on the ground, or in a large open field when the fire danger was low, or over open water. But, even though they were illegal, we never once had a visit from law enforcement while doing it. If some people aren't using fireworks responsibly don't hesitate to report it to the authorities. Don't let the bad eggs ruin it for everyone.
Sue Donovan
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 9:58pm
Where was your mind Harold Hugh when you drafted this most awful law. Are you lining your pockets with funds from fireworks sales?? Try coming to my neighborhood in Gibraltar, MI and fear for your home & life as all kinds of horribly, noisy, dangerous rockets, etc. go off all around you so you can't enjoy your own backyard thru the smoke and noise or sleep. No one is paying attention to the days, times, etc. allowed, all the rules are being broken and your "brainstorm" legislation needs repealing & NOW! Gov Snyder, listen up to your constituents around the state and get rid of this law! I agree with the comment re giving you, Mr. Haugh, the Moron of MI award, and the Governor should get one too for signing the law!
Jack
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 6:04am
As usual, public policy based only on money.
RL
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:43am
Thank you for this article....please write more articles on former legislators who in their terms of office were responsible for what we may now see as poor public policy. For example those legislators that supported mandatory sentencing laws that have now packed our prisons with non violent offenders and burdened the tax payers with these high corrections costs. Holding elected officials accountable for their actions even after they leave office seems like a reasonable way to instill a sense of gravitas for their actions while they are in office. Maybe it will encourage them to give thoughtful reflection to what they are proposing and seek broad input. With term limits they all seem to be in such a rush to secure their legacy...rather than fully debate/discuss the possible implications of their policy proposals.
KG-1
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:55am
"My wife tells me to get over it. So, I’ve moved on,” said the ex-lawmaker, who was term-limited from the House after 2014." . If you continually vote in a knucklehead like this three times, people deserve the government they vote for...good and hard! .
JR
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:43am
The article above notes "Revenue from the controversial law serves as a strong incentive for pro-business lawmakers to keep the statute in place." While there's no question that private business is making money from the sale of fireworks, the question that interests me more is how much the law is costing taxpayers in other ways. The author references the LARA annual report on the Consumer Fireworks law implementation at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/2014_CF_Annual_Report_482641_7.pdf That report demonstrates that implementation of the law is costing the state government a lot of money, which is not fully paid for by fees. Expenses include firefighter training, inspection, enforcement, etc. I did not see an accounting for police time/training, just fire department activities. There is also a wide gap between fees assessed to vendors and fees collected, if I am reading the numbers correctly. The report concludes: "It is important to note that this was the third year the program operated at a loss with expenses exceeding revenues, which in turn causes a budget shortfall to other bureau program activities." There is room for The Center for Michigan or some other public policy enterprise to pursue this issue in more detail. A quick search of the LARA database of certificate holders (http://w3.lara.state.mi.us/consumerfireworks/) demonstrated to me that many of the pop up fireworks sale tents in my area didn't show as permit holders. I'm sure that abuse of the law exists by these vendors and if many aren't getting permits to sell, what would be your guess as to whether they are submitting their sales taxes to the state and we, as citizens, are being financially compensated for this activity, not just to LARA but to the sales tax fund as well? So what are we left with? A hugely unpopular law which threatens public safety, spotty enforcement, a budget shortfall in the department assigned to oversee its implementation, and windfall profits to private vendors. Ye gods.
Bob
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:32pm
Note that all of the revenue goes to the State and local municipalities and other local agencies are left with the bill for enforcement, hospital bills, etc., etc. This was short sighted and the costs far outweigh any benefit. Can't our legislators come up with any HONEST proposals for how to improve our economy?
Don
Sun, 07/19/2015 - 6:54am
I hate fireworks and jump each time I am surprised by one at an unexpected time. If-IF people would adhere to the periods in which the use of fireworks is allowed, that would be "ok" or should I say bad enough. But they start using them way before and after the legal days. Last year someone was firing rockets from a marina gas dock on Clinton River. I called the owner and he cleared it out thanking me for saving his livelihood. This year a man blew the top of his head off and died instanly. Last year Dave Rexroth, Channel 7 Weather Man lost his eye. These are just a few examples of misuse that causes injury and property damage that far exceeds the $1.9 million value of State tax revenue. Mr. Harold Haugh took the lead on this legislation but let's not forget that it was our State Legislators that passed the Bill and then it was signed into law by our Governor Snyder. They are all to blame for this bad legislation. They now need to fix this problem by repealing the law.
Sun, 07/19/2015 - 6:13pm
Actually, I don't have a problem with fireworks, for a specified time at night, on a holiday. I enjoy seeing them a couple times per year. The thing that I object to, about the legislation, is that it calls for one time limit for urban and suburban areas, and another time - later, for rural areas. Apparently Mr. Haugh holds us country bumpkins in less esteem than our brethren in the ghettos. Therefore I assume Mr. Haugh's definition of "peaceful enjoyment [of one's property]", carries some restrictions for us lesser citizens, of which I was not previously aware. Also, Rural means more space, i.e. more vegetation and trees, i.e. more chances for grass fires and forest fires. Jobs, commerce, and all those arguments aside....do we think it likely that Mr. Haugh has a cabin or retreat in some rural area and enjoys bringing his family and friends to observe extended time fireworks ? Could that account for the disparity ? Or could it be a campaign donor that happens to be in the fireworks business ?
Paddy Ash
Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:33pm
Please repeal the Fireworks Law ASAP. It is disruptive and dangerous to all men, women, children and beasts!!!!!!! If I had wanted to live in a war zone, I would have chosen a place with no taxes and police protection. For the amount of taxes that we pay in Ypsilanti, we have a right to live in a peaceful, protected area!
Gary Tolliver
Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:30pm
Haugh says he's "moved on." Well, he's left a huge mess behind for someone else to clean up. He should have to stay in my neighborhood next July 4th weekend. He thinks this was a good idea? He'd soon change his mind. Mr. Baugh, take responsibility for the nightmare you've created for Michigan's citizens. At least say you're sorry. I know we're sorry that you that did it.
Fireking
Mon, 11/28/2016 - 8:23am
Get a life and find something else to complain about. You're probably all "professional" petition signers!