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Bill Looks to Repeal Fireworks Laws

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local officials and citizens about the use of explosive and aerial fireworks, the law allowing those devices should be repealed.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.

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