City Residents Reminded to be Safe and Respectful when Celebrating with Fireworks

Kalamazoo Public Safety would like to remind residents and visitors of the City of Kalamazoo that incorporating a few basic fireworks safety steps can provide for a safe and enjoyable holiday and avoid an unnecessary injury or fire. Additionally, the City of Kalamazoo has adopted rules and regulations relative to when and where consumer fireworks can be used.

Risk of private fireworks use:

According to the National Fire Protection Association (based on 2016 data), the risk of fire death relative to hours of usage is higher for fireworks than for cigarettes, making fireworks the riskiest consumer product.

  • The risks with fireworks are not limited to displays, public or private. Risks also exist wherever fireworks are manufactured, transported, stored or sold.
  • “Safe and sane” fireworks are neither. Fountains, novelties, and sparklers are designed to throw off showers of hot sparks. Temperatures may exceed 1200°F.
  • An estimated 11,100 injuries were treated in U.S hospital and emergency rooms due to firework related injuries.

Small fireworks, like bottle rockets, sparklers, and small firecrackers can appear harmless to children, but all fireworks have the potential to be dangerous. In the 30 days surrounding the July 4th holiday fireworks have shown to injure approximately 2400 children under the age of 14.

If you do decide to buy fireworks, be sure to take the following safety steps:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging; often, this can be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move away to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time and then move away quickly.
  • After fireworks have gone off and fully functioned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding, to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Further information can be obtained at: and

City of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances:

  • 15-30. Consumer fireworks prohibitions.
  1. A person shall not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks except during permitted hours on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday.
    1. No person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 12 midnight and 8:00 a.m. of the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday, except that on New Year's Day no person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
    2. No person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property or the property of another person without that organization's or person's express permission to use consumer fireworks on those premises.
    3. Consumer fireworks shall not be sold to a minor.

§ 15-31. General noise prohibition.

The ignition, discharge or use of consumer fireworks shall be subject to the general prohibition contained at § 21-6 of the Kalamazoo City Code, which addresses continued excessive or unusually loud noise, measured or unmeasured, which disrupts, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any person within the limits of the City.

§ 15-32. Penalties.

A person who violates this article is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.

By authority of: Acting Fire Marshal Scott Brooks


City Clerk Announces Initial Application Period for Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits

The Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office will begin accepting applications for Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018. No applications or parts of applications will be accepted outside of this initial application period.

During this initial application period the City Clerk’s Office will accept permit applications for all five types of Medical Marihuana Facilities: Growers, Processors, Secure Transporters, Safety/Compliance Facilities, and Provisioning Centers. Applications must be submitted in person during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday) and must include a completed and signed application form, all attachments required in the application, the appropriate permit fee paid in full, and photo identification of the person submitting the application. The City Clerk will not accept incomplete applications. Permit fees are expected to be established by the City Commission at its May 21 meeting.

After the initial Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits are issued, the City Clerk’s Office expects future applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, as with other business licenses (subject to restrictions established in the Code of Ordinances). Due to the approvals required by the State of Michigan, geographic restrictions, and other considerations, after the initial application period closes applications may not be accepted again until 2019.

Application forms are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (241 West South Street) or online at Additional resources are also available including the administrative rules, a process timeline, and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).


On Monday, April 2, 2018 the Kalamazoo City Commission adopted Ordinances 1957 and 1962, which implement the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act in the City of Kalamazoo. Information on the development of these ordinances as well as copies of the adopted ordinances and zoning maps are available on the City’s website at the following location: For more information contact City Clerk Scott Borling at (269) 337-8792.

Residents Cautioned to Anticipate Flooding of the Kalamazoo River Beginning Thursday, May 17

Kalamazoo-area residents are cautioned to anticipate flooding of the Kalamazoo River, which is expected to crest at nine feet late on Thursday, May 17 or early on Friday, May 18.

Between four and five inches of rain has fallen in the Kalamazoo River Watershed area in the past approximately 96 hours. The river level will continue to rise as this rainfall makes its way through the watershed and into the river, despite no additional precipitation in the immediate forecast. Gauges upstream and modeling based on past similar rainfall events indicate a crest of 9 feet.

The pdf attached map (1.37 MB) estimates the area at risk for flooding based on the projected crest and the topography of the area. The National Weather Service forecast for the Kalamazoo River is available at

City officials expect overall impact to be significantly less than the flood event experienced in February of this year, when the river reached a historic level of 11.69 feet. Some road closures are expected including Vine Street near Upjohn Park, Crosstown Parkway near Sheridan, Dutton Street, and streets in the immediate vicinity of the Crosstown Ponds. Portage Road and the viaduct are expected to remain open.

Properties located in low-lying or flood prone areas may be impacted by flooding, including properties near the Crosstown Ponds, in the Ray Street/Ampersee Avenue area, and the Lakewood Neighborhood in Kalamazoo Township. City of Kalamazoo Public Services staff will make sand bags available at the parking lot of Washington Square Co-op Apartments (710 Collins Street) and at the Edison Neighborhood Association (816 Washington Avenue) at no-cost for community members. Owners and occupants of at-risk properties are encouraged to take precautions to minimize potential damage to their homes and property. Sand bags will be available beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

Local officials are encouraging community members to reach out to friends and family members who may be at risk to ensure they are aware of the potential for flooding. City officials will continue to monitor the Kalamazoo River and provide updates as needed. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid standing water and not to move or drive around barricades.

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