The Fourth of July is one of America’s grandest holidays. A time when we celebrate our freedoms as a nation, and let off a little steam with incredibly loud, bright, and beautiful fireworks, while we eat grilled food and spend time with our loved ones. However, every year people try to push the limits on when they choose to enjoy this particular freedom, and every year it becomes an increasingly bigger problem. Animals, elderly people, and veterans with PTSD are especially susceptible to stress-related to fireworks, and as tolerant as everyone is of them on the three days a year they’re allowed, shooting off what are essentially explosives, weeks or even months before the holiday, is not appropriate under any circumstances. So to make sure you’re partying legally this holiday, here is what you need to know about Michigan Fireworks Laws.
As mentioned above, you can only utilize fireworks three days of the year, on the day of, before, and after the official holiday. Of course, as far as determining specific times you are and are not allowed to set off fireworks, you must check with your local authorities. The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act Sec. 7 mandates that “a local unit of government may enact an ordinance regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks, including, but not limited to, an ordinance prescribing the hours of the day or night during which a person may ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks.” Some communities, like Grand Rapids, enforce policies of no fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. while others may have different policies in place, so it’s important you check with your local government to make sure you don’t face the consequences. After all, using fireworks outside of the allotted time frame can result in a “civil fine of not more than $500.00 for each violation of the ordinance.”
As silly or overdramatic to most as it all may seem for something that is just a little “harmless” fun, these regulations are put into effect so that everyone can enjoy the holiday together. One person may not enjoy fireworks at all, while another may simply have to wake up and go to work early the next day. Whatever the circumstances are, it’s everyone’s job to act courteously toward their fellow neighbors. Fireworks are fun, but in order to preserve our ability to use them every year, we have to be responsible in how we choose to use them. Be smart this holiday season by getting to know the fireworks laws and ordinances in your local area. If you have any questions about them or other legal matters, turn to the expert attorneys at Harris Law and call Harris Law today at 231.347.4444 or fill out the free consultation form in the sidebar to schedule your free personal consultation.