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Michigan lawmakers approve fireworks legislation

By AP

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's Fourth of July holiday could feature a little more firepower under a bill approved by state lawmakers.

The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill letting Michigan residents and businesses legally buy and sell more powerful, higher-grade consumer fireworks. The measure is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bill expands the types of fireworks that can be legally bought and sold in Michigan without special permits. Some types of bottle rockets and Roman candles are among the fireworks that become legal if the measure becomes law.

Michigan's current list of legal fireworks for residents without special permits is limited to sparklers, toy noisemakers and similar devices.

Many residents have driven out-of-state to buy more powerful fireworks for years.

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