Cities Are Not Getting A Bang Out Of New Fireworks Law
City officials across the state are doing their best to limit the new law that allows a more powerful category of explosives to be sold and used in Michigan.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts blasted the state law, telling the Free Press "pyromaniacs" are terrorizing his community with the louder explosions caused by the more powerful fireworks.
"The state has legalized these 'consumer fireworks' and people are going gung ho," Fouts said. "People, who were hesitant to do illegal fireworks, now are empowered."
State legislators approved the looser fireworks legislation, which went into effect in January, to keep residents from taking their money to other states to purchase fireworks not available here. The new law forces communities to allow the fireworks on the day before, the day of and the day after federal holidays, such as the Fourth of July.