Michigan Residents Aim To Repeal Fireworks Law

More than 27,000 petitioners are fed up with fireworks, and wants Governor Synder to repeal the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011

The law allows for fireworks on the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday, such the Fourth of July. The Michigan Legislature changed the law in 2013 to allow local communities to restrict the time when fireworks could be shot off, prohibiting any displays between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.

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When the Michigan Legislature passed and Governor Snyder signed the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, their goal was to increase revenue to the state of Michigan and to encourage citizens to buy consumer fireworks in Michigan rather than in neighboring states. The result has been a drastic increase in the amount and violence of private fireworks displays all over the state of Michigan, thereby endangering people, pets and property. It is not worth the additional revenue. We want to return to the time before 2011 when these airborne fireworks were illegal to sell, purchase and use in the State of Michigan.

"The sheer number of fireworks set off before and after Independence Day has gotten out of control. We are polluting our lakes and rivers with firework debris and the noise pollution is damaging." - Kristal E from Augusta, MI

"Insane amount of noise at hours outside the law. Total lack of enforcement of the law." - Thomas J Hughes from Mount Clemens, MI

"Fireworks are dangerous and sold to people who do not take the proper action in setting off. Also, dogs and babies are being frightened and woken up which is unacceptable." - Jessica from Allen Park, MI 

"Some people have no respect for their neighbor setting fireworks off until 1-2 in the morning constant boom boom boom. I felt like I was in a war zone. My dog was terrified trying to tunnel her way out in my closet shaking and panting. You need to repeal the law! I like to watch fireworks but in the proper setting not in my neighborhood for days and until all hours of the morning!" - Deborah D from New Haven, MI

In Sterling Heights, fireworks destroyed a homeowner’s garage after the homeowner discarded used fireworks in garbage cans alongside their home. The garbage caught fire and spread to the attic of an attached garage, according to a news release from the city of Sterling Heights.

The Sterling Heights Fire Department responded to the blaze on the 4100 block of Vera Court at 1:37 a.m. today. There were no injuries, but there was extensive damage to the home, estimated to be $150,000, the news release stated.


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