Officials ask Lake Orion residents to leave fireworks to pros

Dry weather creates fire hazard with fireworks

LAKE ORION, Mich. – When it comes to setting off fireworks this holiday weekend, officials said leave it to the professionals.

That’s the best advice coming from Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh and Fire Chief Bob Smith. It’s no secret dry weather and fireworks don't mix.

"Just about every year, we’ve had somebody injured or grassfires caused by fireworks," Smith said.

The village hasn’t banned fireworks this year, but they have banned bonfires after one caused a minor scare last week. Both chiefs said there's no need to mess around at home with a fireworks show in the area that has gotten national press for being terrific.

Friday night, the village lit the perimeter of Lake Orion with thousands of flares. It’s a major fundraiser for the Lions Club and had plenty of police and fire personnel on hand to make sure all was well.

Saturday's fireworks go off at 10 p.m. on barges in the water. There will be a pig roast with craft beers and bands going on in the village all day to benefit charity.

"We would prefer you leave it to the professionals," Narsh said

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