Michiganders will be once again shooting off fireworks during the holiday weekend to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, but before you start blasting away there are a few changes to the laws that you need to know about.

Back in 2011, the state legalized the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks, but last December some changes were made to the fireworks law. Now local communities have the right to reduce the number of days fireworks are allowed. Prior to the new law passing, there were 30 days (during federal holidays) per year that local governments couldn’t stop people from shooting off fireworks. Now, that number has been reduced to just 12.

The new law only protects the right to shoot off fireworks for the following dates:

  • Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.
  • Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend until 11:45 p.m.
  • June 29 to July 4, and July 5 if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday until 11:45 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend until 11:45 p.m.

According to Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, the changes came about from a definitive call to action by community residents throughout the state of Michigan. “We’re making this change because local governments know what’s in the best interests of their residents when it comes to fireworks rules. What works in one community may not work in another, and there must be more flexibility."

If "pop, bang, and boom" are on your agenda of activities this holiday weekend, it's probably best if you follow the new guidelines to avoid a 'knock knock" by the police.

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