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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.

Arrests

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.   

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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