Petition to repeal Fireworks Safety Act gains traction online - WNEM TV 5

Petition to repeal Fireworks Safety Act gains traction online

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A petition to repeal the Fireworks Safety Act is currently circulating online. With more than 22,000 signatures, individuals both in favor and against fireworks don’t want the petition to succeed.

Joe, who didn’t want to reveal his last name, is a frequent customer at Extreme Fireworks in Bay City.

“The bang, the explosion the fun of putting on a little show,” Joe said.

He loves the thrill of lighting fireworks and watching them explode. And he's had more access to a wide variety of fireworks since the governor signed the Fireworks Safety Act four years ago, which loosened restrictions of fireworks.

“It's America,” Joe said.

However, people like Leann Talkington find fireworks annoying.

People like Talkington say the shows are louder which disturbs the peace, and the community because of their harmful effects from everyone from war veterans to pets.

“A lot of dogs are really sensitive to them and it's scary,” Talkington said.

However, neither Joe nor Talkington believe in the repealing of the Fireworks Safety Act.

"You're just making criminals out of common citizens. It took them this long to make it legal, I don't understand why they're repealing it," Joe said.

Talkington said, "[There] should be a place where you can go to, not in neighborhoods."

There's a 6 percent fireworks safety fee on all fireworks sales and that's in addition to Michigan's 6 percent sales tax. Supporters say that's a lot of money going to state and local governments.

“They should fix the roads with that money,” Joe said.

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