Mich. lawmaker proposes fireworks ban - WNEM TV 5

Mich. lawmaker proposes fireworks ban

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Some residents like fireworks because they're a way to celebrate, others can't stand the noise they make.

Now a state lawmaker wants to curb the sale of fireworks to the general public.

Sen. Glenn Anderson, a Democrat from Westland, wants to go back in time to before 2011. The proposal would prohibit the sale of class C fireworks. This would reinstate the ban on aerial and explosive fireworks.

Anderson said they account for the vast majority of noise complaints and serious injuries.

Some residents in downtown Bay City are all for the proposal.

"Definitely go back to the way it was, it's terrible, the fireworks especially here in Bay City. It's like gunshots going off, it's terrible," Francesca Breza said.

If the bill becomes law that means fireworks stores will go out of business and some said some will just go get their fireworks in another state.

"Well, I think people, you know they used to go to Ohio and everything and get them, so might as well keep the business here in Michigan," John Kader said.

Fireworks sellers said the sales provide tax money to the state of Michigan.

"There's a special fireworks tax so whenever you do come and purchase fireworks there's a 12 percent sales tax on it," said Kyle Duncan, fireworks seller.

Anderson said the economic benefits of the expanded law are outweighed by the risk of fires caused by floating debris from skyrockets, increased demands on local police to respond to complaints and the harm to public health in lost fingers and eyes. Now the legislature will take up the issue. 

Besides summer holidays the law Gov. Snyder signed in 2011 allows the powerful personal fireworks to be used around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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