Holland Police: Fireworks out of control

9:31 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland Police say fireworks use is getting out of control. A relaxed state law has city leaders considering a more aggressive approach, including several new restrictions.

Holland Police say Stratford Way is one of the busiest streets for fireworks complaints.  

"Until the time it was legal, I was calling every time they went off," says resident, Marjorie Overbeek.

Instead of fireworks, Overbeek displays an American flag to show her patriotism.

"On just the Fourth of July, I could handle that, but on all the days before and after, and all the days in between, they're firing them off," says Overbeek.

Police say the calls for help have more than doubled, since a recent state law began allowing fireworks-use year round.

"It's getting out of control," says Captain Jack Dysktra, with the Holland Department of Public Safety.  "A lot of them were just stacked up, where officers couldn't even respond to them."

City leaders are now looking at several new restrictions, such as allowing fireworks only during holidays, including the day before and the day after, restricting fireworks use in apartments, hotels, and condominiums, and only allowing minors to use fireworks with adult supervision.

"We want to restrict more than the state allows and have more tools in the tool box," says Captain Dykstra.

"I'd like to see them reverse this fireworks law in the first place," says Overbeek.

The city council will consider the new fireworks restrictions during Wednesday's meeting.

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