State fireworks law changes you need to know about

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GRAND BLANC (WJRT) (05/20/19) -- Enjoying the sights and sounds of your favorite fireworks will be a little different this year. Fireworks are now only allowed to be set off 12 days out of the year.

It's a dramatic reduction from 30 days, thanks to a new law passed last December.

For the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday, fireworks can be set off Saturday and Sunday only until 11:45 p.m.

We spoke with Grand Blanc Fire Chief Bob Burdette, and he says regardless of how many days it's legal, it all comes down to safety.

"A few years ago, we had two structure fires that were directly attributed to fireworks, use them appropriately and what they're for," Burdette said.

Before, fireworks could only be set off the day before, the day of, and the day after a holiday. This law changes that significantly to specific days prior to and including a major holiday.

With the change also comes a higher penalty for those who violate the law. Take for example, setting off fireworks on a non-designated day;
The fine is now $1,000, $500 of which would go back to local law enforcement.

"People don't like it year round. I respect those rules. And we're lucky, we're lucky to be able to do this, because in the past, we weren't able to, so I have no problem with the restrictions," said resident Bob Allison.

Here are the designated days and times fireworks can be set off on personal property:

-December 31.
-January 1 between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.
-The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of the days.
-June 29-July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each day.
-July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.
The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

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