The annual Delta Township Fireworks Display on July 3rd is a fun family event enjoyed by thousands of area residents. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Delta Township work together to increase security and thereby reduce the potential for injury inside Sharp Park before, during, and after the event.
On the evening of July 2nd, Sharp Park will be closed to motor vehicles. Starting at 5:00 p.m. on July 3rd, parking is only available by permit.
There will be 2 entrances into Sharp Park. The main entrance from Elmwood Road will be open to pedestrians and to vehicles holding a valid parking permit obtained from Delta Township. The second entrance will be at the west end of Sharp Park, at the east/west pathway entry into the park and is open to pedestrians or bicyclists.
Fireworks, missile-like objects, and weapons or firearms that are not permitted by law are prohibited in Sharp Park. People entering Sharp Park are subject to a visual inspection of their person, parcels, bags & containers, and clothing capable of carrying such items. You may refuse this inspection. If so, you will be refused entry into Sharp Park.
Sheriff Tom Reich would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize safety County-wide in the use of fireworks as we approach the annual Fireworks Display in Delta Township scheduled for July 3rd.
Public Act 256, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, took effect on January 1st, 2012. While this law legalized the purchase and possession of consumer fireworks previously banned in Michigan, it also regulates the use of these fireworks. This act states in part:
1. “A person shall not 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 those fireworks on those premises. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a person that violates this subsection is responsible for a state civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00”.
2. “An individual shall not use consumer fireworks or low-impact fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance”.
For the safety of everyone, we ask that citizens keep these requirements of the law in mind, especially during the hours leading up to the Delta Township Fireworks Display in Sharp Park on July 3rd. This event draws thousands of people to Sharp Park and the surrounding parking areas. The use of consumer fireworks such as bottle rockets, roman candles and other similar consumer fireworks in these public areas during this event is prohibited for the safety of everyone attending. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time at this event, so the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will actively enforce this law by issuing citations or making arrests if necessary for violations of the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. This Act provides for the following penalties for those found guilty of violations:
(1) Unless otherwise provided in this act, if a person knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly violates this act, the person is guilty of a crime as follows:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
(b) If the violation causes damage to the property of another person, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
(c) If the violation causes serious impairment of a body function of another person, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
(d) If the violation causes the death of another person, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Lt. Ross Tyrell of the Delta Patrol at (517) 323-8480.