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Bill Lets Michigan Cities Restrict Fireworks on More Days

Michigan cities would be able to restrict fireworks use on more nights under legislation advancing in the state Capitol. Michigan cities would be able to restrict fireworks use on more nights under legislation advancing in the state Capitol. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: December 20, 2018 02:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan municipalities could restrict the use of fireworks on more days under a bill nearing final legislative approval.

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The Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday.

Current law lets local governments regulate more powerful commercial-grade fireworks most of the year, but has restrictions before, during and after national holidays. That is 30 days a year when municipalities cannot prohibit the fireworks during nighttime hours.

The legislation would cut to 12 the number of days when local rules could not be in effect - largely around New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Other bills would tighten the requirements for selling consumer-grade fireworks and let state or local officials ban the use of fireworks in the event of drought or other weather conditions.

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