The Fourth of July is two days away, and for many Michigan residents, some unfamiliar sights and sounds will be included in this year’s celebration.
The state legalized on New Year’s Day a number of fireworks once banned, particularly firecrackers, bottle rockets and other types of fireworks that travel into the air.
Previously, the types of fireworks legal in Michigan were almost exclusively ground-based.
Although the fireworks are now legal, you still need to be cautious of where you set them off.
Marquette City Fire Inspector Paul Enrietti says they can’t be lit on public property, school property or church property.
He adds that even if you do light them on private property, you need the property owner’s permission first.
As part of the new law, each item purchased will have a 6% safety tax on top of the state’s 6% sales tax.
Posted by: Mike Hoey