Use of fireworks on
the 4th of July holiday
The Independence Day holiday is the busiest time of the year for the use
of fireworks. The State of Michigan allows the sale and use of
consumer-grade fireworks, such as roman candles, bottle rockets and
other aerial explosives. For Independence Day, state law allows personal
displays to be set off from 8 a.m. to midnight on July 3, 4 and 5. It
prohibits municipalities from banning their use on federal holidays and
one day before and after those holidays.
It is unlawful to
ignite fireworks on public property, school grounds, church property, or
the property of another person without that organization's or person's
express permission. Violation carries a $500 fine. Also, it is a
misdemeanor for a person to use fireworks while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs. The penalty is 30 days in prison, a fine of $500, or
Fireworks law has drawn citizen objections
Many residents have complained about the state’s restrictions governing
the fireworks ordinance in the City of Northville. If you are interested
in changing the laws regarding local control of fireworks, please
contact your state representative or state senator. If you don’t know
who they are,
find out here
The current fireworks law, P.A. 256, went into
effect on Jan. 1, 2012. An amendment in 2013 allows local municipalities
to set their own restrictions on fireworks usage, except during the day
and evening hours of federal holidays and the day before and after the
read the “Michigan Fireworks Safety Act”
considerate of your neighbors if you plan to set off fireworks,” said
Northville Mayor Ken Roth, "Many residents are particularly sensitive to
the noise from fireworks’ explosions. The noise carries for blocks and
can be disturbing to many veterans, children, the elderly and even
If you are buying fireworks, make sure the seller has a
certification from the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. See
for a list of sellers. Buyers must be 18 years or
Enjoy the fireworks in a safe setting
City Fire Department, which serves the Cities of Northville and
Plymouth, urges residents who are using or viewing personal displays of
fireworks to follow precautions for their own safety and to prevent
“You really can’t be too careful when it comes to
handling fireworks” said Fire Chief Steve Ott. “According to the
National Fire Protection Association, fireworks were responsible for an
estimated 15,600 fires in the U.S. during 2013, and in 2014, U.S.
hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 10,500 people for
The Fire Department offers
the following tips to help reduce the risk of fires and personal injury
Be observant of any fireworks you use and
know where they are going. Watch for the debris and any fires that may
An adult should be present when fireworks are used. No
child should be allowed to set off a firework.
Sparklers burn very
hot. Don’t let a young child hold a sparkler.
Ignite fireworks away
from any houses, garages or other structures that could catch fire if
the firework or its residual flame landed on it.
Keep pets away
from the area where fireworks are being launched.
Don’t light any
fireworks inside any container, glass bottle or metal cylinders.
Don’t use fireworks near gasoline containers or around vehicles and
equipment that contain gas.
Don’t light multiple fireworks at
Don’t hold a firework in your hand while lighting it.
Don’t look into a firework container to see why it didn’t go off.
Never try to re-light fireworks that don’t go off the first time.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from any fuel containers or
Keep a bucket of water or a ready-to-use garden hose
nearby. Douse fireworks if embers remain.
Who to call for
complaints on and around the holiday:
If you have questions
or concerns about noise or unlawful use of fireworks, please contact the
Northville Dispatch Center at 248-349-1234. If you see an injury or a
fire caused by fireworks, please call 911. If using a cell phone, be
prepared to report your location to the dispatcher.
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