Fireworks in Michigan: What you need to know

By Rod Meloni, Local 4 Business Editor, @RodMeloni
Published On: May 26 2014 05:49:09 PM EDT
Updated On: May 26 2014 06:18:40 PM EDT

The state of Michigan has set rules for fireworks.

WARREN, Mich. -

In Michigan, you can fire your legally store-bought fireworks on the national holidays, the day before and the day after.

It's not allowed after midnight through 8 a.m. except on New Year's when the deadline is 1 a.m. You need prior permission to light off fireworks in parking lots, on public property or another person's property.

You must be 18 years or older to buy fireworks and you can't be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Packaging usually makes fireworks look more fierce than they really are. You won't find M-80s or cherry bombs, as Tigers Fireworks manager Fred Andrews explained.

"Federally illegal in 1965. If the product is seen or be able to be bought ... then you're buying it under the table and it's not real safe, and by all means we don't recommend it," he said.

Be sure to check your local government's own fireworks laws -- they may be more strict than the state's. For example, Warren's deadline for lighting off fireworks is 11 p.m.

Helpful links:

Michigan fireworks rules
Fireworks safety -- recalls
Fireworks safety -- tips

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