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Possible changes to fireworks law

Posted: 9:08 AM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 14:10:30-04

With the Memorial Day holiday less than a week away, fireworks season is also less than a week away.

Some state lawmakers are looking to change the way you can celebrate by repealing the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act.

Right now in Michigan you can set off fireworks on the day before, the day of and the day after all national holidays.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker spoke with lawmakers about the changes they want to make.

Lawmakers are blasting off over a law from 2011 that allows people to light up the sky 30 days through-out the year.

State Representative Peter Lucido says the current law needs to be repealed and replaced.

“I think 30 days is way too many days”, said Rep. Lucido.

“Under the legislation, depending on when Fourth of July, as well as New Years Eve and New Years day, it will bring down the number of days that you're allowed to use the fireworks.”

There have been 41 firework-related bills introduced in the last three sessions but they're not igniting much traction.

“I have a bill that flat out repeals the statute from several years ago”, said Senator Steve Bieda.

“Certainly, having more local control would make a lot of sense.”

But not all lawmakers believe local regulation is best.

“Some of these city, townships and villages are so close to one another, that you're disturbing the peace in another locale”, said Lucio.

“That's why you need a unified state law. A unified state law that says time, place and hours and that's it.”

Senator Bieda says although he doesn't believe there should be a unified state law there should be local restrictions on locations.

“Perhaps a park or some other open areas that fireworks can be safely used where it's not uh as intrusive as it might be in certain neighborhoods”, Sen. Bieda explained.

Currently, an online petition has more than 38,000 signatures calling on lawmakers to repeal the 2011 Michigan Fireworks Safety Act.

We will let you know when any of the bills come up for a vote.