New bill could reduce the number of days you can legally shoot off fireworks

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - It may be December but legislation moving through the state legislature is aiming to cut down on the number of days you can shoot off fireworks legally.

Right now, under state law you can shoot off fireworks 30 days a year which surround the day before, the day of, and the day after national holidays.

But under a new bill passed by the State House that number would be reduced to just 12 days.

The bills would limit the use of consumer-grade fireworks to after 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve, the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, June 29 to July 4 (or July 5 if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday), and the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

Also, violators could face a $1,000 fine which is double the current fine.

It would also allow communities to pass ordinances to cut off fireworks after 11:30 at night, currently the cut off is at one in the morning.

The House Bill 5939-5941 now goes to the senate for a vote. If approved and signed by the Governor, the new rules would be in effect next summer.

The bills also suggest changes for vendors and more regulation by the cities regarding temporary fireworks stands. And the DNR could make temporary fireworks bans during certain weather conditions.