DEARBORN, Michigan – The State of Michigan has removed the ban on the sale and use of many types of powerful or airborne fireworks, such as bottle rockets and Roman candles.
To be in compliance with state law, the City of Dearborn revised its fireworks ordinance as well.
However, despite the change in state law, important restrictions still apply. Dearborn residents are encouraged to call 313-943-3030 to anonymously report unsafe activity in their neighborhood, or to call 9-1-1 if there is a dangerous or emergency situation.
Provisions in the new state law that all residents should be aware of:
- No one is allowed to use fireworks on public properties, including schools, churches, government buildings, city streets and parks.
- You cannot discharge fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
- It is illegal for a minor under the age of 18 to purchase or discharge consumer fireworks.
- The Police will still be enforcing the city’s noise ordinance, within the provisions of the state law, and issue violations when necessary.
- You will be held accountable for any injury or property damage caused by discharging fireworks.
- Even though powerful fireworks are now legal in Michigan, their use carries the same potential dangers and liabilities as always.
- Every year, thousands of dollars in property damage is reported due to fires caused by the unsafe use of fireworks.
- In addition; in 2010 more than 8,000 people across the country were treated for burn injuries caused by fireworks.
- To avoid serious injuries, residents are asked to exercise caution when discharging fireworks.