BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Companies are urging a judge to quickly consider their challenge to a new Michigan law that requires millions of dollars in liability insurance if they want to sell powerful fireworks.
Bay City federal Judge Thomas Ludington has set a hearing for June 7. But that's after Memorial Day and is close to July 4, the biggest day of the year for fireworks. Suppliers need to place their orders.
A new law allows the sale of powerful fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles. A coalition of fireworks distributors says the insurance requirements could make it impossible to turn a profit.
The state is defending the insurance portion of the new law, saying it will keep "fly by night" retailers from posing a safety threat.
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