Firework tents pop up in Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Firework tents pop up in Mid-Michigan

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Firework tents are common this time of year, but the red tape to open a fireworks shop can be pretty thick and expensive.

July Fourth is right around the corner and that means more and more firework tents are popping up around Mid-Michigan, including one at State Lanes in Saginaw Township.

"First they have to get permission from the property owner. For this particular tent I leased out the space to him," said Steven Doyle, owner of State Lanes bowling alley.

Doyle said he offered to rent out the property to give the tent good exposure, right next to State Street.

"It's going to operate here for 30 days. He will start selling tomorrow morning," Doyle said.

Not only does the tent owner pay rent for the space, but he also had to submit an application to the state, pay a fee, and pass an inspection.

"It's inspected by the fire department to make sure they follow all the rules and regulations including the storage and the fireproof bin," Doyle said.

Doyle said all the fireworks must be kept in a fireproof bin when they aren't on display. He also said the fire department requires fire extinguishers on the site in case of emergencies.

Doyle said leasing out the space is a winning deal for both parties. The fireworks tent has a space to do business and he can rent out the property for a profit.

"I just lease the property to him, and then I don't do anything else, he does all the rest of the work himself," Doyle said.

The application fee that a vendor must submit to the state for a temporary fireworks tent runs vendors about $600.

For a permanent store the application fee goes up to a $1,000.

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