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Lt. Governor Calley Signs Bill Giving Communities More Control Over Fireworks

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Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley has signed legislation that allows local governments to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. on the day before, day of, and day after national holidays.

In a statement Calley said “this is a common-sense bill that respects the preferences of communities by letting local authorities decide when fireworks can and cannot be used.”

Fines of up to $500 could be imposed for individuals that don’t comply with the restrictions.

House Bill 4743 also guarantees all of the fees that vendors pay for fireworks safety go toward local firefighting programs.

The measure is now Public Act 65 of 2013.

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