Celebrate Holidays with a Bang by Following Local Fireworks Ordinances

Update: A recent law passed in late 2018 significantly reduced the number of days consumers can blow off fireworks! Please be sure to read below for updated dates and times fireworks are permissible according to state and local ordinances.

Fireworks are often a favorite part of summertime gatherings. However, while fireworks may be fun to watch, they can also be dangerous and cause serious injuries, such as burn injuries and amputation injuries. In fact, since Michigan legalized the use of more powerful consumer-grade fireworks in 2012, the number of people visiting emergency rooms because of fireworks injuries has more than doubled.

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To keep Michigan residents safe, the use of fireworks is regulated by both state law and local fireworks ordinances.

Statewide Michigan Fireworks Law

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act provides that local municipalities must allow fireworks to be lit the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday. However, in December 2018, HB 5939 significantly reduced the number of days one can shoot off fireworks from 30 to 12 in Michigan. Read on to learn about these changes.

State law permits individual municipalities to regulate the use of fireworks within a specific time frame. Using fireworks outside what is specified by local ordinance is illegal, and fines may be imposed.

Michigan personal injury attorney, Bryan Waldman, discusses the recent changes to Michigan’s fireworks law on WLNS Legal Edge.

WLNS Legal Edge – Michigan’s New Fireworks Law

Local Fireworks Ordinances

City of Lansing Fireworks Ordinances – 2018

The City of Lansing fireworks ordinance only allows the discharge of consumer fireworks on the day before, the day of, or the day after a national holiday, including the 4th of July. In addition, you cannot discharge fireworks between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. on the days they are permitted. Violating the Lansing fireworks ordinance may result in a $500 fine. The upcoming summer season fireworks allowable times are as follows:

Memorial Day
May 26, 27, and 28 from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m

4th of July
July 3, 4, and 5 from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Labor Day
September 1, 2, and 3 from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

East Lansing Fireworks Ordinances- 2019

According to the East Lansing City Code, residents are not allowed to discharge “consumer fireworks” between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. the day before, the day of, or the day after a national holiday. Failing to obey the local fireworks ordinance is a civil infraction, punishable by a fine up to $1,000 (increased from previous fine of $500 in 2018). This means 2019’s summer fireworks times are as follows:

Memorial Day
Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding the holiday from 11:00 AM – 11:45 PM (no fireworks on the day itself).

4th of July
June 29th – July 5th from 11:00 AM – 11:45 PM

Labor Day
Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding the holiday from 11:00 AM – 11:45 PM (no fireworks on the day itself).

Furthermore, in East Lansing, you may discharge consumer fireworks only on personal property. You cannot discharge fireworks on public streets, sidewalks, school property, church property, or another individual’s property without permission.

Grand Rapids Fireworks Ordinances – 2019

Under the City of Grand Rapids fireworks ordinance, those within city limits may light fireworks this summer (2019) during the following times and dates:

Memorial Day
May 26, 27, and 28 from 8 AM to 1 AM

4th of July
July 3, 4, and 5 from 8 AM to 1 AM

Labor Day
September 1, 2, and 3 from 8 AM to 1 AM

Like East Lansing, Grand Rapids doesn’t allow fireworks on public property, including on school and church property.

Kalamazoo Fireworks Ordinances – 2019

Within Kalamazoo’s ordinances, fireworks use is permitted on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday. However, no person is permitted to ignite or discharge consumer fireworks between 12:00 AM (midnight) and 8:00 AM. Failure to obey these local fireworks ordinances results with a civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine not exceeding $500. The summer 2019 times for allowed fireworks in Kalamazoo are:

Memorial Day
May 26, 27, 28 from 8 AM – 11:59 PM

4th of July
July 3, 4, and 5 from 8 AM – 11:59 PM

Labor Day
September 1, 2 and 3 from 8 AM – 11:59 PM

Detroit Fireworks Ordinances – 2019

Detroit’s local firework ordinances are also limited to 12 days a year. Firework ordinances in Detroit are stricter than other local ordinances. The 2019 summer schedule for permitted firework use is as followed:

Memorial Day
May 26, 27, 28 from 11:45 AM – 11:45 PM

4th of July
June 29 thru July 5 from 11:45 AM – 11:45 PM

Labor Day
September 1 and 2 from 11:45 AM – 11:45 PM

 

Failure to obey Detroit’s firework ordinances may result with the guilty party facing a $1,000 civil fine.

In this video, Tom Sinas, who focuses his practice on Grand Rapids motor vehicle accidents and personal injury claims, talks about Michigan fireworks laws and local fireworks ordinances, offering tips on how to stay safe.

 

Fireworks Ordinances & Laws: What Is Allowed?

For the purpose of most fireworks ordinances, sparklers and low-impact fireworks (those that don’t explode and/or leave the ground) are permitted. However, always be sure to check the language of your local fireworks ordinance or call your local law enforcement agency to confirm what is allowed.

In addition, be aware that more severe penalties may be imposed if fireworks are discharged while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.legal-fireworks-michigan

If you or a loved one has been hurt while setting off or watching fireworks, our Lansing personal injury lawyers and Grand Rapids personal injury attorneys are here to answer your questions. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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