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Changes in laws mean changes in backyard fireworks

Where we stand

July 1, 2012
The Mining Journal

With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, we hope area residents took the time to read a story that appeared on page 1C of Friday's Mining Journal.

The article discussed the rather profound and fundamental changes that have taken affect in the laws governing what's legal and what isn't in fireworks.

In the past in the state of Michigan, only what is known as low impact fireworks were legal. That included things like sparklers, smoking devices and similar items.

If we wanted more, big ticket bottle rockets, like Roman candles for example - and let's be honest here, lots and lots of us did - a trip to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community or neighboring Wisconsin was needed.

Well, that was then and this is now. State law has expanded to allow pretty much everything that was only available on the reservation and across state borders.

For this writing, it's too late to oppose the change in law; that horse left the barn last winter. What we will say, however, is residents must exercise care and caution in using these new devices. Have a bucket of water handy or working garden hose to put out any fires.

It's a brave new world in the state of Michigan, as far as fireworks and the Fourth of July is concerned. Here's hoping that new world doesn't lead to area emergency rooms for residents who don't pay attention.



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