Michigan Fireworks: Some Common Sense and Uncommon Knowledge
Different states have different regulations governing fireworks. Some ban them out right, while others allow only minimal displays involving sparklers and snap pops. Often times, states that institute a fireworks ban see their people fleeing to the nearest state line where they can purchase fireworks just “over the border” so to speak. That can create a host of issues for local law enforcement during festivals celebrations like the 4th of July, when everyone seems to be shooting off fireworks whether they are legal or not.
Thankfully, that is not the case here in the great state of Michigan. We have great laws, and in fact, one of the most relaxed regulations, restrictions and conditions placed on fireworks of any state in the U.S. While most states institute a curfew during Independence Day celebrations, Michigan approaches the subject quite differently. In fact, Michigan approaches all of the national holidays very differently than other states.
Michigan Law and Fireworks Use
Michigan law actually allows the use of fireworks the day before, the day of, and the day after all 10 nationally recognized holidays. There are no curfews to speak of, yet public service officials do ask that people be understanding and considerate. For instance, 2 o’clock in the morning is a really bad time to shoot off fireworks, and you certainly don’t want to be caught shooting them off on July 15. With a three day window, that’s plenty of time to celebrate and enjoy whatever fireworks you may have purchased.
In addition, Michigan law also allows people 18 years and older to purchase consumer grade fireworks. These are things like firecrackers, roman candles and bottle rockets. We certainly have plenty of those available at Profireworks, along with other items to create a fantastic display. Of course, fireworks that are considered low impact, like cones and sparklers, are definitely allowed as well.
Safe Fireworks Make Happy People
Just make sure that you exercise safety and use the utmost caution. The latest data on record from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that firework injuries accounted for just over 11,000 emergency room visits in 2013. The oddity? Most injuries were to the head, eyes, hands and face yet were incurred by observers rather then the user of the firework itself.
So with such great laws in place in our state, please make sure you don’t do anything silly like trying to ignite a dead firework, make your own by combining different fireworks together and always be sure to douse any spent fireworks in a bucket of water. This will keep everyone safe and make for a much more enjoyable display. Be sure to record the event too, so you can do a little online gloating if need be for friends and family that are only allowed to use fireworks on the actual holiday.
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