Lighting Fireworks Is Legal In Michigan, Now Through 4th Of July

WWJ News
June 29, 2020 - 5:43 pm
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(WWJ) Have a blast, Michiganders! It's now legal to set off fireworks, for the next several days. 

Under Michigan law, fireworks are allowed from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. beginning Monday, June 29, each day through Saturday, July 4. 

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Police are reminding residents that fireworks may only be ignited from personal property. It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property — including streets and sidewalks — school property, church property, or another person’s property without their express, written permission. State law also makes it illegal to discharge fireworks when intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Those who light fireworks outside the allowed days and hours, or who break any of the rules listed above, can get a ticket for $1,000.

Deputy Chief Craig Wiltshire with the Canton Police says the law is all about balancing safety with celebration. 

"These are items that could ignite fires, which concerns people," Wiltshire told WWJ's Michael Cohen. "And also, animals. A lot of animals are frightened by these and it can create a disturbance within households." 

Veterans groups also ask that people to be respectful to neighbors who served in the military and may suffer from PTSD.

While this is state law, there may be additional ordinance in certain municipalities. With that in mind, those with questions about fireworks rules in their local communities should contact their city or township government office.

In the name of safety, all Michiganders are urged to only buy from state-certified fireworks retailers – whether in a permanent building or a tent – and should consider these important tips to protect lives and property:

ALWAYS:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions
  • Have an adult supervise fireworks activities, including sparklers
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then immediately back away to a safe distance
  • Keep people and pets out of range before lighting fireworks
  • Light fireworks outdoors on a driveway or other paved surface at least 25 feet away from houses and highly flammable materials such as dry grass or mulch
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap
  • Douse spent fireworks in a bucket of water before discarding them

NEVER:

  • Buy fireworks packaged in brown paper or use unlabeled fireworks – they are for professional use only
  • Experiment with or make your own fireworks
  • Allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
  • Try to re-light “duds” or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully (Rather, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water)
  • Point or throw fireworks at other people
  • Carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers
  • Sparklers should not be considered harmless for kids -- a significant number of young children are injured by being poked with sparkler wires and are badly burned by sparklers each year, per the CPSC

For a list of legal consumer fireworks, legal low impact fireworks and novelties, click here.