Are you celebrating this year’s Independence Day with fireworks?
Do you know how late you can set fireworks off in Michigan?
Happy July everyone! It is always nice to start a week that has a holiday at the end of it, isn’t it? Today, we are sharing all about Michigan fireworks. There is new information that if you are not aware, could land you with a $500 fine.
As of January 2012, the law changed concerning fireworks. The Michigan Firework Safety Act now allows Michigan residents to use roman candles, bottle rockets, poppers and other low impact fireworks. In addition to the other types of fireworks that have been legal, such as sparklers, snaps, snakes, poppers, novelty fireworks, and display fireworks. You can read more about those changes in our article: Michigan Fireworks Law in 2012.
In response to last year’s experience when Michigan residents were allowed to sell, purchase, and set off larger and more explosive fireworks, a new bill was signed. This new bill is also referred to the “common sense bill”. Here is was mlive.com reported about the bill.
The bill signed into law today will allow any city, township or village to enact an ordinance banning overnight “ignition, discharge or use” of consumer fireworks on the day before, of or after a national holiday. Violations could be punished by a civil fine of up to $500. Municipalities already have the ability to limit usage on all other days of the year.”
In addition, government municipalities will be able to prohibit blasts for the following conditions between 12 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.:
- Within a population of at least 50,000 residents
- Within a county of at least 750,000 residents
There are other regulations enacted in January 2012 for those who purchase and use fireworks. You can read about what is allowed and the regulations by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions – Michigan Fireworks Safety Act.
If you plan to enjoy the second year of Michigan’s freedom with fireworks, I would encourage you to call or visit you local city, township or village office. Make sure you know whether or not you can light fireworks after 12 am.
Do you plan to use fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July?