Dearborn sends reminder of state fireworks law

DEARBORN – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Dearborn residents are reminded to follow state and local laws, as well as exercise extreme caution when using fireworks.

State and local laws apply to the guidelines for purchase and use of fireworks.

The state of Michigan in 2012 removed the ban on the sale and use of many types of powerful or airborne fireworks, known as “consumer” fireworks. These include bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers and other items that leave the ground when discharged.

The use of consumer fireworks is only legal on the day before, day of, or day after national holidays, such as the Fourth of July.

Dearborn’s fireworks ordinance prohibits use of those types of fireworks on any other days of the year.

Dearborn residents are encouraged to call 313-943-3030 to anonymously report unsafe or illegal activity in their neighborhood, or to call 911 if there is a dangerous or emergency situation.

Restrictions still apply. Provisions in 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.

• No one is allowed to ignite or discharge fireworks in any way that would cause them to land on someone else’s private property without the express consent of the property owners. A person who violates this will be charged with a civil infraction and can be fined up to $100. The responsible party will also be required to pay for any damages caused by the fireworks.

• 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.