What type of fireworks is legal in the State of Michigan?
Effective January 1, 2012, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act allows the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as Roman Candles, Bottle Rockets and other items that leave the ground. For reference, specifics are listed in 16 CFR parts 1500 and .1507 and listed in American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) standard 87.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3 or 3.5.
Low impact fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, snaps and poppers remain legal for sale and use. For reference, specifics are listed in APA standard 87.1, 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52 and 3.5.
Novelty fireworks are not regulated under the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act.
Display fireworks are large and explosive items typically used at celebrations and are locally permitted for use by professionals. They are not regulated by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
Who may buy or use consumer fireworks? The Act prohibits the sale of consumer fireworks to a minor (Anyone under the age of 18). The Act prohibits the use of consumer fireworks by anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Fireworks may not be used on public, school, or private property of another person unless express permission is obtained to use the fireworks on that property.
On June 19, 2013, Gov. Rick Snyder signed HB 4743, which allows local governments to ban the use of consumer fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. on the day before, the day of and the day following national holidays. In larger communities, the allowable deadline is 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Please check with your local government to find out if it has enacted a fireworks ordinance that limits the use of consumer fireworks overnight on the day before, day of and day following national holidays.