Fouts cracking down on fireworks in Warren this 4th of July

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says he's instructed police to strictly enforce city fireworks laws this weekend, taking a zero tolerance approach at many violations. 

Fouts, who has voiced opposition to the fireworks law passed in 2012, will be going along with police on the 4th of July to monitor the streets for fireworks violations. 

He says he gets calls from upset residents about the impact loud fireworks at all hours of the night has on their pets and on senior citizens. Fouts would like to see legislation that would give Warren and other cities more control over fireworks. 

Meanwhile, all Warren city parks will be closed at 9 p.m. July 4.

On July 3-5, all fireworks are prohibited between midnight - 8 a.m. Discharge of legal consumer and low impact fireworks is prohibited from 10:30 p.m. - 11 a.m.

Other fireworks laws in Warren: 

  • Fireworks cannot be discharged while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. (ZERO TOLERENCE)
  • Minors under the age of 18 are prohibited from discharging fireworks with the exception of low impact fireworks (example: sparklers) under the supervision of a parent or guardian. (ZERO TOLERENCE)
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged on any street in Warren. Traffic cannot be impeded at any time. (ZERO TOLERENCE)
  • Discharge of fireworks prohibited in any public park, school property, city streets and sidewalks and easements, including the ITC corridor.
  • Discharge of fireworks cannot disrupt the public peace and cannot cause debris on private and public property.
  • Discharging fireworks prohibited within 30 ft. of any house

Mayor Fouts will also be visiting firework vendors ahead of the holiday to ensure they understand the city's rules on the sale of fireworks.