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Fireworks Are Not "Illegal" on Memorial Day, Unless...

Some News Organizations Are Distributing Incorrect Information Regarding A New State Law on Fireworks -- We Clarify

Posted by Durand Now at 3:27pm 5/27/19

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Let's start by encouraging the responsible, respectful use of fireworks.  Be considerate of your neighbors, especially those with young children and pets and those that may be traumatically impacted by the sound of explosives.

With that being said, some news stories are being distributed regarding the use of fireworks, and some of those stories contain inaccurate information regarding a new state law that went into effect at the end of 2018.

The new state law does not make fireworks illegal at all, on any day.  So, if someone tries to tell you that fireworks are illegal because of a new state law, stop them.  They're wrong.

The new state law protects citizens use of fireworks on a select number of days throughout the year.  Memorial Day is not one of those days.  However, the new law does not make using fireworks on Memorial Day illegal.  The new state law leaves that decision up to local municipalities.

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WZZM-TV says that prior to the new legislation, the state prohibited municipalities from restricting the use of fireworks on 30 days each year.  The new legislation gives more control to local governments, now protecting residents use of fireworks at the statewide level on just 12 days each year.

Unless your local municipality has enacted an ordinance banning fireworks on certain days, you are free to use fireworks on Memorial Day.  However you may be subject to action from local authorities should your neighbors complain.

The new state law protects citizens use of fireworks on the following days and times:

►The weekend of Memorial Day, Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 11:45pm.
►June 29th through July 4th from 11am to 11:45pm each day
►July 5th if that day is a Friday or Saturday, 11am to 11:45pm
►December 31st until 1am January 1st

Outside of these times, municipalities may restrict residents use of fireworks.  Sheriff Brian BeGole told Durand Now that he is unaware of any Shiawassee County municipality ordinance restricting fireworks, but that the Sheriff's Office does not respond to these types of calls, as they are handled at the local level, so he may not be fully aware if or when a municipality were to create an ordinance.

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