Michigan Fireworks Law in 2012

Michigan Fireworks LawAre you looking forward to celebrating Independence Day with a few fireworks?

This year, there have been a few changes to what The State of Michigan allows concerning fireworks. Whether you are a frustrated neighbor or a firework enthusiast, we are going to discuss what Michigan allows, who may purchase and further facts about fireworks in 2012.

What types of fireworks are legal in Michigan?

The breakdown according to the State of Michigan DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIR:

  • Roman Candles, Bottle Rockets and Fireworks that Leave From the Ground
    As of January 1st of 2012, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act allows you the use and the disruption of these products.
  • Sparklers, Snaps, Snakes, Poppers and other Low Impact Fireworks
    The selling and use of these products continue to be legal.
  • Novelty Fireworks
    Under the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, these products will not be regulated.
  • Display Fireworks
    Products such as large and explosive items are locally permitted for professionals to use and are not regulated by the LARA.

Michigan Fireworks Regulations

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act does limit the purchasing and use of fireworks to;

  • Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to purchase fireworks.
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol and drugs is not permitted to purchase fireworks.
  • Without conceit obtain the use of fireworks on public, school, or private property of another person is prohibited.

The National Geographic reports, “Fireworks, first authorized by Congress for 4th of July, 1777, are another legacy”. Since then, fireworks and Independence Day have gone hand in hand.

This 4th of July, take time to enjoy and celebrate our nation’s independence, but do not forget to stay safe.

2 comments on “Michigan Fireworks Law in 2012
  1. Heather Raye says:

    Who qualifies as “a professional” and is allowed to light the larger leaving the ground type of firework?

    • Hi Heather,
      Great question! Michigan currently does not have formal training requirements for fireworks display operators, although some jurisdictions may have operator qualification requirements. It is up to the local authority to rule on the competency of the operator.

      Federal law requires that the lead operator must be 21 for a professional 1.3G display. If the display will make use of 1.3G Display Fireworks, then the Federal ATF permit requirements must be met.

      I hope this helps to answer you question.