Since the passage of the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act in 2011, residents have enjoyed buying and lighting a more exciting array of consumer-grade fireworks. Before the act, Michiganders were limited to purchasing novelties, cone or cylindrical fountains and ground or handheld sparklers. According to the Bureau of Fire Services, the ban has been lifted on roman candles, missile-type rockets, single or reloadable shell devices, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and aerials. While the law allows the transport, display, sale and use of fireworks in Michigan, local municipalities do have some power to regulate the use of fireworks in their communities. City and township governments can regulate the times of day or night when fireworks can be used; however, they are barred from prohibiting fireworks use on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a holiday. There are exceptions for cities whose populations measure over 50,000 residents, or whose cities are located in counties with populations over 750,000. These governments can enact regulations surrounding the use of fireworks on New Years’ Day between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m. or from 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Because the regulations vary by population, always check with your local government regarding fireworks ordinances.
Fireworks are exciting and beautiful, but they are also dangerous. The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that fireworks cause more than 9,000 injuries yearly, with 65% occurring during two weeks proceeding and following Independence Day. Sparklers, that are the favorite among children, burn at a peak temperature of 2000 degrees—hot enough to melt some metals. When fireworks are part of your celebration, always read the label and follow directions precisely. Never attempt to relight a firework that did not function or fully ignite. Instead, douse the device with water and dispose of it properly. Keep the hose or a bucket of water on hand for dousing spent devices and controlling fires. Fire departments around the state caution families to always supervise children, and remind you that the best way to enjoy fireworks is by viewing a professional display.
Even with safety precautions in place, fireworks can injure people and damage property. If you or someone you know has been involved in an incident resulting in injury or property damage, it is important to consult an attorney. At Harris Law, we care about the rights of the injured, and we’re passionate about using our knowledge and experience to help when you need it most. Call 231.347.4444 or fill out the free consultation form in the sidebar to schedule your personal consultation.