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Lawmakers at odds over future of Michigan’s fireworks

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Lawmakers are at odds over the future of Michigan’s fireworks.

There's a new effort underway to repeal a 2013 law allowing the use of roman candles, bottle rockets and other low-impact fireworks.

"It's pretty obvious that people overwhelmingly don't want to have noise going on all the time,” said Rep. Peter Lucido, (R) Macomb County.  

Opponents said there were 100,000 fireworks-related calls to 9-1-1 in one year, at a cost of $3.5 million to local departments. However, lawmakers who want to eliminate the fireworks law realize they don't have the votes to do it.

Former firefighter, now state representative, Henry Yanez wants to ban all those aerial fireworks. 

"They are big. They are loud and almost professional style fireworks in the hands of amateurs, frankly. And there were 11,000 injuries in 2013. They are unsafe," Yanez said. 

Rep. Brandt Iden chairs the committee working on this issue and he is willing to tweak some parts of the law but on balance.

"Throwing the whole baby out with the bathwater is not a good way to celebrate American's freedom," he said. "I think the law is working well."

Lucido doesn't think so, though. He wants to stop all fireworks after midnight. 

"If we're blowing them off at two, three, four in the morning, people are going to bed and we're going to hear this noise and the debris, outrageous," Lucido said. 

No changes will be considered ahead of the Fourth of July.

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