Do you know Michigan's fireworks laws? We have them for you

Published: Jun. 28, 2019 at 5:46 PM EDT
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Americans love their fireworks for the Fourth of July.

Professional displays are great for oohs and aahs, but for many, the holiday just wouldn’t be the same without backyard bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers.

In Michigan there have been some changes to the law regarding fireworks.

Let’s start with the type of fireworks are legal in the state:

Consumer Fireworks

These include roman candles, bottle rockets, missile type rockets, aerials, reloadable shell devices,

firecrackers, Helicopter/aerial spinners, and Single tube device with report

Novelty Items

Items cover sparklers, snaps, poppers, and snakes

Low Impact Fireworks

Low impact means ground sparkling devices, ground-based or handheld sparklers, ground sparkling devices, and smoke devices

As of December 31, 2018, Michigan legislation significantly reduced the number of days one can shoot off unrestricted fireworks, from 30 to 12. However, this same legislation states that local governments cannot regulate consumer fireworks on the following dates:

Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1

The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days. July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.

The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

As you can see from the dates we placed in bold, this Fourth of July holiday meets both of those criteria.

Michigan’s legislative revisions in December also placed restrictions on where an individual can ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks.

A person cannot use fireworks without express permission from an organization or person when used on the following premises:

Public property

School property

Church property

Another person’s property

Remember, Michigan law specifically states that an individual cannot use consumer fireworks or low-impact fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance.

A person that violates this section of the law may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $1,000.00.

Some valuable resources regarding the proper use of fireworks and how to stay within the law when using them can be found at:

This year, 49 states plus the District of Columbia allow some or all types of consumer fireworks. Only Massachusetts has instituted a total ban.

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