Days For Legal Fireworks Would Be Reduced Under House-Passed Legislation

December 07, 2018 - 8:55 am

LANSING (WWJ) - The Michigan House has approved a set of bills that would give local communities more control over fireworks.

The three-bill package is in response to residents in many communities upset over the noise that keeps them up at night and frightens their pets. It cuts the total number of days fireworks are allowed from 30 to a maximum of 12. 

The bills would limit the use of consumer-grade fireworks to after 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve, the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, June 29 to July 4 (or July 5 if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday), and the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

Violators could face a $1,000 fine – double the current penalty.

Should the number of days personal-use fireworks are allowed be reduced?

70% (125 votes)
30% (54 votes)
Total votes: 179

Under the bills, the governor, local fire marshals, or the Department of Natural Resources could declare temporary fireworks bans during certain weather conditions. The bans would act similarly to local or regional burn bans in instances of high winds or drought.

The bills also make a variety of changes regarding vendor certification requirements, how retail locations are operated and allow cities with a population of more than 100,000 to regulate temporary fireworks stands if they want.

House Bills 5939-5941 now move to the Senate for further consideration. If approved and signed by the governor, the rules would take effect by next summer. 

Michigan legalized the use of fireworks in 2011. State law currently allows individuals 18 and older to set off store-purchased fireworks between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight on the day of, the day before and the day after a federal holiday. Violators face a $500 fine.