Michigan Fireworks Law
July 4th is almost here and that means it’s time for fireworks. Last year the Michigan legislature legalized the sale of fireworks in the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. The law originally did not allow cities to ban the use of fireworks the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday, such as the Fourth of July. After last summer’s heavy use of fireworks, however, the legislature updated the law to enable cities to enact regulations regarding fireworks use during certain times around holidays. The changes to the Michigan fireworks law will have a big impact on the local economy, but there are some legal requirements you must follow if you plan to purchase and use fireworks in Michigan.
What does the New Law Say?
Here’s what the new law says:
A city with over 50,000 people or a city within a county of over 750,000 people may regulate the use of fireworks between 12 midnight and 8 a.m., and between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day. A smaller city may only regulate the use of fireworks between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. The penalty for a violation of a city ordinance under this law is a maximum $500 fine. Check with your local government to see if an ordinance regulating fireworks is in place.
Be mindful that the law does not permit the use of fireworks on public property or another’s private property without express permission. Doing so can lead to a civil infraction and a fine of $500. The law also prohibits use of fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Always be careful with fireworks!
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Sam Bernstein is an Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Attorney.
ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.