$1,000 fine for fireworks used outside of legal holiday window

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Fireworks sales have been in full swing since late April, but recent changes to state laws limited the number of days they can be legally set off.

The new measure was signed into law in December, reducing the number of days fireworks can be used in Michigan from 30 to 12. Doing so out of the allowed holiday windows could lead to a $1,000 fine.

The bills were put in place after constant complaints from communities across the state about fireworks being shot off at all hours.

"For the last several years, it's been the day of the holiday, the national holiday, the day before and the day after. This year it's more centered on the days that people actually want to shoot the fireworks, which will be the Saturday or Sunday of the weekend," says Scott Redman of Pro Fireworks.

He says business hasn't slowed even though that was part of the law's intention. Redman says it is an answer to concerns from many across the state.

"I think the change is probably for the good of the people who don't shoot fireworks but on the same hand the people that do shoot fireworks are shooting on optimal nights," Redman says.

Under the December law, people can legally use fireworks on:

  • Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. on Jan. 1
  • Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m.
  • June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m.
  • July 5 until 11:45 p.m. if that day is a Friday or Saturday
  • Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day until 11:45 p.m.

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6 comments

  • lml25

    How do they enforce it?Text me when ONE PERSON gets caught shooting fireworks.There’s so many fireworks around here already–and I doubt any of them are interrupted by police.By the time anyone calls,and police come by (if they do),it’s stopped–just like loud noise in the ghetto.

  • C

    The use outside the window could, not necessarily will, lead to a $1000 fine. Who gets the fine if two people are pointing a finger at each other? What if enforcement will interfere with some peoples’ lifestyle? It’ll be great if it works and I’m sure that there are a lot of others that feel the same way. Only time will provide the answer.

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