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Legally, Michigan’s summer fireworks season has officially ended

Surprise fireworks, Grand Rapids.

LANSING, Mich. — With the exception of five community displays scheduled around West Michigan starting at dusk on Saturday evening, Michigan’s summer fireworks season is now over.

The state’s 2019 summer season for igniting legal consumer fireworks started Saturday, June 29, and ran through the night of Friday, July 5.

Legal fireworks hours are from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day.

While the Legislature acted last year to adjust the timeframes during which legal fireworks are allowed for consumer use, this summer’s Fourth of July holiday season was a time for Michigan families to safely enjoy legal fireworks on private property.

Under the previous state law, consumer use was legal only on the day before the holiday, Independence Day (July 4) and the day after the holiday.

PERMISSIBLE MICHIGAN FIREWORKS DATES:

Saturday June 29
Sunday June 30
Monday July 1
Tuesday July 2
Wednesday July 3
Thursday July 4
Friday July 5

TIMES ALLOWED EACH DAY:

11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

RULE 1 IS SAFETY FIRST

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks, per the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Source: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks

CRIMINAL PENALITIES FOR IMPROPER USE

Improper use of fireworks remains a crime, including the following:

  • Igniting fireworks outside of allowed dates and times is a civil infraction with a $1,000 fine for each violation.
  • Igniting fireworks while intoxicated
  • Igniting fireworks causing property damage
  • Igniting fireworks causing serious injury or death

If you have any questions, please contact your local unit of government and/or police department for further details, or visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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9 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    So do these rules only apply to fireworks that go boom, or are the kids going to get in trouble for using sparklers on other days of the year?

    • Michael

      It seems like common sense could answer that question for you.

      Since it didn’t these regulations only apply to consumer fireworks. Those are the regulated ones. Aka the ones that go boom or launch up in the air.

      The state isn’t going to go after kids with $1,000 tickets for using sparklers.

      • Kevin Rahe

        I agree that what you say is common sense. However, some of the “low-impact” fireworks that have long been legal in Michigan to buy and use anytime make a pretty impressive display, and I wouldn’t be surprised if police get complaints about people using such devices outside the allowed times for using “consumer fireworks,” even though it will be a perfectly legal activity. I would prefer that news articles note the distinction so people don’t think they’re not permitted to do something that’s actually legal and others don’t report them to the police when they do it.

  • lml25

    Doesn’t FOX read the news?We’ve had fireworks going off since last week–that’s why the big meeting yesterday at Taylor Park.

  • Kevin Rahe

    The article presents the idea that consumer fireworks are only legal in Michigan on certain days. However, what the law REALLY says is that those are merely days that a local government cannot PREVENT someone from using consumer fireworks. If the township or city you’re using them in doesn’t have an ordinance regarding fireworks, then you can legally use them there all year long.

  • SIMPLE

    STATES THAT IT’S OVER IN THE STORY LINE… THEN LIST FRIDAY JULY 5TH AS A LEGAL DAY…
    CAN YOU SAY….S T U P I D ?

  • Sue

    Note to “proof reader”–read your headline. You published this on the Fifth and the article contradicts the headline. The season is not over–it is through
    the Fifth !!!

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