Police: Fights, Illegal Fireworks and Indecent Exposure in Clawson on July 4

"On a hot day, it's either people are worn out, or frustrated and aggravated and getting into a lot of problems," Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson said

Clawson police responded to dozens of reports of illegal fireworks on July 4, made two arrests and are searching for three women who urinated in someone's yard.

Chief Harry Anderson said officers spent much of the holiday educating the public on Clawson's ordinance that prohibits the sale, possession, control, or discharge of consumer-grade fireworks — which include firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles. (See PDF for Anderson's letter about the ordinance)

"There was a lot of confusion," Anderson said. "A lot of people didn’t realize that it was illegal."

Though there were several reports of illegal fireworks, police only issued one citation on Wednesday. That citation was issued to a chronic violator who was aware of the city's ordinance, Anderson said. Police did not penalize residents who didn't have knowledge of the ordinance.

Anderson said the fireworks ordinance is tough to enforce because officers have to witness the illegal fireworks in order to issue a citation.

"Officers say it's becoming quite common for people to launch a series of them and then stop for a period of time," Anderson said.

The ordinance violation is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 180 days of imprisonment.

The city does allow "Low Impact Fireworks" that don't explode or fly in the air such as sparklers, fountains, snakes, poppers.


Meanwhile, Anderson said there were a few fights reported in Clawson on July 4 but most of them ended before police could get to the scene. Officers did arrest one juvenile who was involved in a fight and was carrying an airsoft gun. He was later released to his parents, police say.

"On a hot day, it's either people are worn out, or frustrated and aggravated and getting into a lot of problems," Anderson said

There was one other arrest for someone with a suspended license and several warrants, Anderson said.

Women urinate in yard

A resident on the 300 block of Hendrickson told police three women who appeared to be in their 30s pulled their pants down and urinated in his backyard around 11 p.m. Wednesday. A police report says the women fled eastbound on Hendrickson and were last seen near Rochester Road.   

Joseph Boledovich July 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
When did Clawson adopt the ordinance46-10 banning the discharge of coinsumer grade fireworks?
The Soulistic MC July 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
46-10 is against the law. The City can not enforce this ordinance. See below MICHIGAN FIREWORKS SAFETY ACT Act 256 of 2011 28.457 Local ordinances. Sec. 7. (2) ..."However, an ordinance enacted under this subsection shall not regulate the use of consumer fireworks on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday."
canseeallsides July 07, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Yes, what The S.. MC said! I would like to see a statement of correction from the department, to ensure that the "confused" chief is brought up to speed and no one suffers because of this ignorance or confusion. Or, as I suspect, as directed by (insert lawyer here), they are quite aware that they cannot enforce it but they can grab revenue from the unknowing with threat of jail and higher costs regardless of right or wrong. They will still charge people $300 "court costs" and drop the charges at the very least so really in their minds, they can't lose. (This is not a debate of firework safety.) If ever having the misfortune to be on the wrong end of one of these legal "attacks", ALWAYS DEMAND A JURY TRIAL RIGHT FROM THE START - NEVER PLEAD! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_Rule_Book ignorance - lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc. confusion - lack of clearness or distinctness Oh, the irony of their infringement on Independence Day! To paraphrase an important declaration... "when govt becomes unrecognizable and more interested in usury that the people... it is time to remove and replace"
j.clawson.usa July 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Clawson...the only city to ban fireworks. I knew about this stupid law days ahead of time. I did a little investigating and found the "event planner" for the clawson firework, who is NOT a resident in clawson, help draft and suppprt this new law...money over safety. I will move my family party to another city next year. Fyi i live in clawson and say we should put this to a cith wide vote!!!!
j.clawson.usa July 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Put it to a vote...vote no on fireworks ban.
canseeallsides July 08, 2012 at 10:01 AM
We don't have to vote. This code is NOT a law... ignore it. And most importantly CALL THE CHIEF AND TELL HIM HOW YOU FEEL. Go to council meetings and demand limiting funds if they will use this kind of misuse of an office and mis education. The chief should be reprimanded for lying if he is at all aware of the new michigan law.
canseeallsides July 08, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Maybe we should celebrate Labor Day (along with the day before and the day after) with all the fireworks allowed by Michigan law, in honor of EDUCATION OF THE DEPARTMENT!!! Every boom heard can remind them. FOIA on anyone charged with this local ordinance to make sure they know the code is toothless.
The Soulistic MC July 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
#1 View the PDF of 46-10 above, notice the document is NOT signed by any of the officials. #2 My previous post, that IS THE LAW #3 I uploaded the full official Michigan Fireworks Safety Act 256 PDF from the State Legislature when I posted my previous comment, and it has since been conveniently deleted... Why? "Oh, the irony of their infringement on Independence Day!" - canseeallsides
Joseph Boledovich July 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Let's plan on attending a future city council meeting and voice our opinions. By the way, I am all for date and time restrictions as to when we can blow off fireworks, and I would support a very very heavy fine ($2,000.00) if that's what it would take. I do have compassion for the rights of others. But the current code has to go. I am not 100% computer literate. I will watch this comment section for updates and can be reached at Joltinjoe352@aol.com.
canseeallsides July 08, 2012 at 05:46 PM
"Chief Harry Anderson said officers spent much of the holiday educating the public on Clawson's ordinance that prohibits the sale, possession, control, or discharge of consumer-grade fireworks " So to be clear, we paid them holiday time to do this? Or was done on their personal time out of the goodness?
canseeallsides July 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
The entire article seemed to be buried with the certain "direction" of the comments.
j.clawson.usa July 09, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Why is clawson "elected" officials believe we "taxpayers" will sit by and allow a simple right our sister citys get to enjoy. This hogwash law/ordinance must be put to bed...i am willing to do whatever it takes to make consumer fireworks legal in clawson. Wake-up mayor, you can be replaced. Police chief anderson should have to answer for the the breach of constitutional rights.
canseeallsides July 09, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Maybe instead of educated people on the department's ability to grab revenue from hard-working, responsible, safe individuals, the education should have been more useful in nature? A different local police chief took a different route, instead of using tax money and time to spread fear of prosecution, he said, "Our best approach now is to promote safety" and he provided a list of tips. • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. • Never point or throw fireworks at another person. • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting. • Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse a spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire. • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers. • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. • Never use, ignite, or discharge any fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
canseeallsides July 09, 2012 at 12:20 PM
"i am willing to do whatever it takes to make consumer fireworks legal in clawson." In Clawson, and all of Michigan, they are legal to buy and sell all year long and legal set off the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday. Is it just me or are there so many laws governing our every move, that a normal person going about their day is most likely breaking one or many, while interestingly enough protected from it by another.... laws should be a last resort protecting civility and enacted with a heavy heart, not as a means to cover every angle of a corporate city or from a issue from becoming "ugly" for them!


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