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Michigan Fireworks Club Training in VBT- Oct. 17

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020 the Township Board of Trustees approved a firework display permit for the local Michigan Fireworks Club (MFC). The permit is required for a scheduled training of members from MFC. The training will take place on Saturday, October 17, from 5 – 10 p.m. The location of the training will be held on private land off of Price Road In Van Buren Township.

“Training is a chance for members to use the electronic controllers, wire the fireworks and fire the controllers,” expressed MFC Presidents and Township Residents Joshua Edwards. “This gives us enough time to test stuff during the daylight, which is safer for the new guys and we’ll do a little mini-show at night with some electronic firing and hand firing.”

MFC is in compliance with firework ordinances and the permit has also been approved by Township Fire Marshall David McInally. This is the first training shoot requested from MFC held in Van Buren Township. “Training also allows us to try some new effects that we wouldn’t want to test in a show,” said Edwards.

MFC is a non-profit organization, established in 2018, providing safe and fun training opportunities to members on safely handling professional-grade fireworks. Each member is required to undergo a background check with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), attend eight hours of classroom education, and have live fireworks training, plus pass a written test. A continuing education requirement is needed every three years and members are certified by Pyrotechnic Guild International (PGI).

“Almost all of our members live in Van Buren Township and it’s my home as well,” stated Edwards. “We all love fireworks and wanted to donate our time to do something nice for the Township.”

Upcoming MFC shows include the Friday night fireworks at the Winterfest on December 4, 2020 and the Belleville Area Yacht Club show around the Fourth of July. To become a member or learn more about MFC visit www.MichiganFireworksClub.com.

Michigan Fireworks Club group photo

Photo courtesy of MFC. Top row: Joshua Edwards, Matt Copeland,  Bryon Kelley, Mark Buxton, Ben Ross, Tom Wright, Mike Gentz, Michael Hawkins, Robert Kenyon. Kneeling Row: Tim Pastor, Burke Dawson, Rick Dawson & Jim Stevens