Lawmaker proposes changes to Michigan fireworks law
David Moore May 22, 2013 | WGVU
was the first year that people were allowed to purchase fireworks previously
illegal, like bottle rockets, big firecrackers, roman candles.
But the resultant startling noises triggered
a firestorm of protest from residents all over Michigan.So, HaroldHaugh the same state representative who authored the original bill
liberalizing the fireworks law is now working to change it.
Put simply, local governments could choose to
ban restrict use of fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m on ten national
holidays, as well as the day before and the day after.
I asked Representative Haugh
how much real impact he thought this would have.He said “We have built into this fireworks
bill a fine of up to $500, administered by local judges.Are there going to be those that violate it”
Yes. I’m not naïve enough to think that won’t happen.But they run a greater risk this year than
last year of not only being caught but being fined severely.”
Now, This is what’s known as an “opt in,”
meaning that local governments would pass their own ordinances allowing them
the controlling power.
How many might
ultimately do that though, if the bill does become law, remains to be
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