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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Changes in Michigan’s Fireworks Law for 2019

This Fourth of July in Michigan, tens of thousands of residents will likely gather with friends and family to celebrate the holiday, grill hotdogs, and of course, watch fireworks displays.  While the State of Michigan legalized the sale of consumer-grade fireworks in 2011 to allow residents the opportunity to celebrate with a bang, new laws were signed and passed in December of 2018. The new law affects when consumer fireworks can be displayed.   Here’s what you need to know about the changes in Michigan’s Fireworks law.

 As of 2019, the amendment to the Fireworks Safety Act prohibits local governments from restricting the use of consumer fireworks on the dates and times below. 

On these dates and times (only) local governments cannot regulate the legal use of consumer fireworks:

-    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.

-    Between 11 a.m. New Year’s Eve and 1 a.m. New Year’s Day.

What types of fireworks are legal in Michigan?

-    Bottle rockets

-    Missile-type rockets

-    Roman candles

-    Firecrackers

-    Aerials

-    Helicopter/aerial spinners

-    Single tube device with support

-    Reloadable shell devices

State law continues to prohibit the ignition, discharge, or use of consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or another person’s property without express permission to do so. It also prohibits the sale of consumer fireworks to anyone under 18 years old and the use of consumer fireworks and low-impact fireworks while under the influence of liquor and/or a controlled substance.

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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