Michigan Lawmaker Hopes To Reinstate Fireworks Ban
I like fireworks just as much as the next guy, but it does seem as though things have gotten a little out of hand since Michigan lifted its ban on louder, more powerful fireworks in 2011. That’s why one Michigan legislator is hoping to get that ban reinstated.
State Senator Glenn Anderson says the reversal of the ban was a “monumental mistake” and that he has heard many complaints from Michigan residents regarding fireworks and their effect on children, pets, and homeowners.
After complaints initially started rolling in, the State Legislature gave local governments power to restrict the use of fireworks on the day before, during and after a national holiday. Those restrictions went into effect in Grand Rapids last year. Unfortunately, Anderson claims that local authorities simply can’t address noise and safety problems.
The law’s defenders say it’s meant no more trips out of state to buy the fireworks (which were still being illegally lit off here in Michigan).