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Petition crafted to repeal fireworks law

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Fireworks season is here, but not everyone is excited.

It's only been three years since Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law making the sale of fireworks legal in Michigan and now some want it repealed.

For the most part, the consumer-based fireworks that residents buy in the stores are usually very safe.

Kyle Duncan is a manager at the brand new Jake's Fireworks store in Kochville Township. It's the chain's sixth Michigan location.   

Ever since lawmakers loosened up fireworks laws three years ago, more stores have opened up across Michigan.

Duncan said the new stores provide more jobs and more money to the state.

"It's gonna increase sales tax revenue. There's a 12-percent sales tax on it that goes to train fire fighters," Duncan said.

Not everyone is happy that fireworks sales are legal in Michigan. 

An online petition to repeal the law on is growing. Right now it has more than 6,000 signatures. 

Saginaw Fire Marshal Ralph Martin acknowledges fireworks-related injuries are rising nationwide and he has seen some cases in Mid-Michigan. 

Martin said as long as people use fireworks responsibly, he doesn't see a reason for Michigan to reverse the law right now.

"At this time, I think people should just be careful. It can be a safe activity," Martin said.

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