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Is Now The Time To Repeal MI Fireworks Laws

 
Posted August 9th, 2014 @ 9:46am by WOOD Radio news team

A bill was officially introduced in Lansing this week to repeal Michigan's new fireworks law, and restore Michigan's pre-2011 fireworks regulations.

State Senate Democrat Glenn Anderson of Westland, who sponsors the legislation, says because of "complaints, injuries and outcry" from local officials and citizens about the use of explosive and aerial fireworks, the law allowing those devices should be repealed.

The law was approved in 2011, and it allows certain types of firecrackers -- known in the law as "Class C' fireworks -- to be sold and used by consumers.

The law includes a provision prohibiting local communities from banning the fireworks the day before, the day of, and the day after, holidays, allowing communities to ban them only during overnight hours. As a result, some residents around the state have complained about the noise, and there continues to be an alarming number of injuries, according to critics.  

Supporters of the three year old law have said it's good for the economy, but Anderson says since the law was changed that revenue hasn’t materialized, and that the burden of inspecting all of the new firework sale locations is virtually impossible and is costing the state more than licensing fees bring in.

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