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Changes Could Be Coming To Michigan’s Fireworks Law

Lawmakers in Lansing are considering some changes to the Michigan’s controversial new fireworks law.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, a new bill would let local governments put limits on high-powered fireworks.

Democratic state Representative Harold Haugh sponsored a bill to legalize the sale of consumer-level aerial fireworks last year. He says he’s received thousands of complaints from across the state since then.

Haugh says the law has created jobs and helped improve the state’s economy. But he admits many people haven’t used the fireworks responsibly.

“And that’s what we’re doing this time in this fix, is regulating consumer usage, not the sale,” he says.

Haugh was speaking on WKAR’s “Off the Record.”

His bill would let municipalities ban or limit the fireworks, except on and around national holidays. On those days they could restrict fireworks between midnight and 8am.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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