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Safety and regulations of fireworks stands

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Temporary fireworks stands are popping up like wildflowers around Mid-Michigan.

The sales of fireworks continue to grow after the state legalized bigger, louder fireworks back in 2011.

"Most of the ones you see within the city limits at this time have registered with the state of Michigan and we follow up with inspections," Saginaw Fire Chief Ralph Martin said.

Martin said there are many regulations the stores have to go through before they can open for business.

First, all stores must have a consumer fireworks certification and display it in their store. Second, the store must also register for a low-impact firework retail registry at least 10 days before selling any products. There are also local and state safety requirements, like a proper exit plan and visible no smoking signs, the store must follow. Finally, the store must send a monthly sales report to the state and pay monthly fire safety fees.

Martin said most places in Saginaw abide by the codes, but every now and then something just isn't right. However, he said it's usually something small.

"Now and then we'll find some that have too much product or blocking exit ways. They usually address them when I show up," Martin said.

Bill Johnson, owner of All Seasons Fireworks, said the requirements are not hard to meet and he takes the safety of his customers seriously.

"I like to make sure all the aisles are proper spacing, all the exit doors are proper and signs lit up. I mean, it's for entertainment and for families to have fun," Johnson said.

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