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Juneteenth Fireworks

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Officials from the City of Grand Rapids announced today it will now allow fireworks on June 19th.

Also known as Juneteenth, the yearly holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in June of 1865. And on Thursday, officials announced the city is adding June 19th to the list of annual days that residents are legally allowed to set off consumer-grade fireworks.

City officials outlined 11am to 11:45 pm as the legal time frame in which fireworks can be set off, along with a $1,000 fine for each ordinance violation.

As with all other holidays that allow the use of fireworks, the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments are urging residents to be cautious and safe when celebrating.

In a press release, the city says injuries can be avoided by lighting fireworks cautiously, keeping a bucket of water or hose nearby, and never using them while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

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