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Thu June 20, 2013
MI law lets municipalities restrict fireworks
ASSOCIATED PRESS - Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has signed a bill giving local governments in Michigan power to restrict the use of fireworks on the day before, during and after a national holiday.
After lawmakers legalized louder, more powerful fireworks in Michigan in late 2011, they began hearing from residents and local officials upset about noise and safety issues.
Legislation signed by Calley Wednesday lets local governments regulate fireworks use during nighttime hours on holidays and the day before and after.
Commercial-grade fireworks all are sold legally in Michigan after lawmakers and Snyder erased a previous ban. A local government could impose a maximum fine of $500 per violation of a fireworks ordinance under the new law.
Calley signed the bill because Governor Rick Snyder is on a trade trip in Israel.