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State: No statewide bans being considered

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CORUNNA, MI (WNEM) -

Due to a lack of rain and extremely dry conditions, burn bans have been issued for much of Mid-Michigan. And as the Fourth of July draws near some are also concerned about the danger fireworks pose.

But right now there is some confusion about who has the rights to ban the use of personal fireworks. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) says that the Firework's Safety Act is silent on whether or not locals can institute a ban during dry conditions.

Jeannie Vogel from the Office of Communications does note that many local jurisdictions have ordinances where they can institute burning bans and points to the Fire Prevention Code that gives fire chief's broad authority when dangerous conditions exist.

Currently the Corunna City and the Caledonia Township area is under a burn ban that includes barrels, recreational fires, fireworks of any kind, including lanterns, campfires and any other open fires.

Preventative fire control measures will be taken to ensure that the Corunna Fourth of July public fireworks display will happen.

The Village of Holly has also banned the use of any type of fireworks/combustible material until further notice. 

The fireworks display on the Fourth of July at Lakeside Park will go on as scheduled.

Montrose Township Fire Chief George Taylor has asked that personal fireworks not be fired off at Barber Park or the nearby cemetery during the Fourth of July community fireworks.

LARA reports that the DNR and State Fire Marshal have not made any recommendations on action regarding burns or fireworks for certain high risk areas. Statewide bans are not being considered at this time.

Burton's Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Wilkinson said the city is under a burn ban and if conditions remain hazardous, state law allows the city to issue a fireworks ban as well.

"With the extreme dry conditions if a fire chief/fire marshal of their designee determines that it is unsafe and a danger to the community to use fireworks, they can ban the use of fireworks," Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said the fire department hopes the conditions in Mid-Michigan improve soon so residents can still set off their fireworks.

"We do not want to ruin or stifle anybody's Independence Day celebrations. That's not our goal here. Our goal is to protect the public as a whole," Wilkinson said.

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