Fireworks have been a staple of American celebrations for many years. Every year, people gather for fireworks displays in their local parks or baseball fields. Some more adventurous revelers set off their own displays in their backyards. Here are some things to know to keep your backyard pyrotechnics from getting out of hand.
An important thing to note is that in December 2018 the number of days one can shoot off fireworks was reduced from 30 to 12 in Michigan. Here are the current dates and times.
Memorial Day: the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Independence Day: June 29 to July 4, and July 5 if the day falls on a Friday or Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Labor Day: the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
New Year’s: 11 a.m. Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
Be sure to fire off any fireworks on your own property. In in many municipalities across Michigan consumer fireworks can only be discharged on personal property and not on public streets, sidewalks, school property, church property or another individual’s property without permission. Violating the local fireworks ordinances may result in a fine.
While many people like to have a cookout with their fireworks, be careful when it comes to consuming cannabis or alcohol when you will be handling fireworks. Be aware that more severe penalties may be imposed if fireworks are discharged while under the influence.
In most fireworks ordinances, sparklers and low-impact fireworks (those that don’t explode and/or leave the ground) are permitted in the state of Michigan. This can vary depending on the state, so be careful taking fireworks to another state. Always be sure to check the language of your local fireworks ordinance or call your local law enforcement agency to confirm what is allowed.
Examples of legal consumer fireworks:
- Roman candles
- Reloadable shell devices
- Bottle rockets
- Missile-type rockets
- Single-tube devices with reports