Advance Notice: Briefs

Fireworks changes shoot to Snyder’s desk

By: - December 21, 2018 1:40 am

Michigan Capitol | Susan J. Demas

Gov. Rick Snyder will decide whether to sign off on changes to Michigan’s fireworks law after the Michigan Senate voted unanimously Thursday for a three-bill package.

Under House Bill 5939, sponsored by Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.), local governments would have more power to regulate the days when fireworks could be set off than they do under the current law passed in 2011. The other bills are HB 5940 and HB 5941.

Local governments are currently prohibited from further regulating fireworks on 30 days of the year. Under the legislation, that would be reduced to just 12 days of the year.

Those 12 days would be: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day, June 29 to July 4, July 5 when it is a Friday or Saturday, and the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day.

The package comes after a number of local governments have struggled with angry constituents complaining about noise. Fireworks stores had tried to extinguish the bills.

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Andrew Roth
Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a former reporting intern with the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.