Saturday, July 7, 2012
A burn ban remains in effect in the Saline Area Fire District.
Fireworks were blamed for at least four fires in the Saline area last week. Saline Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said the department went on four calls for grass fires believed to be caused by fireworks during the week of July 4. “A couple of them were significant enough that we had to spend an hour or more out there cutting down limbs and doing other work at the site,” Hoeft said. A burn ban remains in effect in for the Saline Area Fire District., which includes the City of Saline, Saline Township and parts of Lodi and York townships. “We didn’t get much rain and with temperatures being what they are, it’s still extremely dry out there,” Hoeft said. The Saline Area Fire Department, which serves the City of Saline, Saline Township and parts of …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Everywhere in southeast Michigan Wednesday night, fireworks, smoke and lots of pops and booms filled the air. Folks were amused and/or annoyed with the results of the new law. What did you think?
State law now allows more types of fireworks to be sold and ignited in Michigan had people reacting Wednesday night. There were far more pops and booms and sparks in the air far and wide in Saline. Some were thrilled with the spectacle. Others were miffed with the noise and smoke. What did you think? Tell us in comments or in the poll.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Saline Fire Chief Craig Hoeft asked people to hold off on fireworks shows or to take extra precautions.
What do you get when you cross a heat wave, abnormally dry conditions, wheat fields in their prime, the Fourth of July and newly relaxed rules on fireworks? A concerned fire chief. A burn ban is already in effect in throughout the Saline Area Fire District, encompassing Saline Township and parts of Lodi and York townships, as well as the City of Saline. With highs expected to remain in the 90s this weekend and July 4 approaching, Fire Chief Craig Hoeft issued a call for people to use caution when setting off fireworks and starting backyard bonfires. “I think it would be best if people wait a couple days so we can get some rain before they start shooting off fireworks,” said Hoeft. “At the very least, people need to be aware of the …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
New laws may make it easier to buy and sell fireworks, but they don't make them safer, so here are 10 tips for a fun and safe fireworks show.
Oh say, have you seen or heard more fireworks this summer? In Michigan, it became legal this year to sell bottle rockets, Roman candles and other flying devices to consumers. The new laws are designed to generate sales tax revenue and registration fees. Sellers pay $1,000 annually for a permanent site or $600 for a tent or other seasonal, outdoor location. The only registered seller in Washtenaw County is Firepower Fireworks, located at 2000 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Cities and townships can’t block sales and have limited power to restrict where and when individuals can light mini-explosives that whine, bang and boom. The new law bars municipalities from regulating fireworks use on federal holidays – such as July 4 – or the day right …