Bill to Change Michigan Fireworks Law

By: News 10
By: News 10

“After listening to constituents and meeting with all interested stakeholders, I believe that leaving the fireworks ordinance decisions up to the local units of government is the best course of action,”

Harold Haugh.

(WILX) A fix to Michigan’s new fireworks law is in the works.

Democrat Harold Haugh of Roseville introduced two bills Thursday that would allow communities to ban airborne fireworks, including bottle rockets and roman candles. The law would prohibit the use of airborne fireworks, between midnight and 8 a.m. during 10 national holidays, and the days before and after each holiday.

The goal is to end the confusion surrounding the 2012 law, about whether communities could set rules during the 30 days a year designated for unlimited fireworks use.

Right now, communities are free to ban fireworks use the other 335 days of the year.

There was a slew of complaints in cities across the state last year about fireworks being set off at all times of the day and night, even weeks after the Fourth of July holiday.

Because of the numerous complaints, local communities including Lansing and East Lansing passed ordinances banning fireworks on any day except the day before, on, or after a national holiday.

Again, the bills introduced Thursday would allow communities to pass ordinances prohibiting them from being set off overnight between midnight and 8am, before, during, and after 10 national holidays.

Haugh is confident his bill will move quickly through the legislature and believes the fireworks law could be changed by the Fourth of July.

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