Legislation Takes Aim at Michigan's Fireworks Laws
A bill in Michigan’s Senate is aimed at reducing the number of days fireworks are permitted by law.
SB 0017 amends the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act by reducing the days on which residents are legally allowed to use fireworks from 13-14 to 8-9.
Under the bill, residents would be allowed to discharge fireworks on the following days:
- July 3-4 until 11:45 p.m. and July 5 if the date is a Friday or Saturday;
- Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1; and
- The Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day and on Labor Day.
In addition, the bill allows for municipalities with more than 3,400 residents per square mile to add regulations for fireworks except for Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, and Dec. 31.
Under the bill, which was referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government, fines for the illegal discharge of fireworks would also be increased to $2,000 per violation.
According to current law, fireworks are permitted on:
- June 29-July 4 between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.
- July 5, but only if it falls on a Friday or Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.
- The Saturday and Sunday preceding Labor Day, between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.
Additionally, many municipalities have enacted ordinances regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks during certain hours on all days of the year. Check with your local municipality to learn more about regulations or for more information.
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