DEARBORN – Residents are reminded to follow state and local laws regarding the purchase and use of fireworks and to exercise extreme caution, as the Fourth of July approaches.
In addition to low-impact fireworks such as sparklers, there are powerful or airborne fireworks, known as “consumer” fireworks, that are legal for sale and use in Michigan.
However, the use of consumer fireworks is restricted to the day before, day of or day after national holidays, such as Fourth of July or the New Year’s holiday.
Dearborn’s fireworks ordinance also restricts the times that these fireworks may be used on permitted holidays. No use is allowed between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m. There is an exception for New Year’s Day only, when the time of use is extended to 1 a.m.
Dearborn residents are encouraged to call 313-943-3030 to anonymously report unsafe or illegal activity in their neighborhood, or to call 911 if there is a dangerous or emergency situation.
Other important restrictions apply to consumer fireworks use. Violation of these rules is considered a civil infraction, punishable by fines of up to $500.
There are many provisions in state and local law related to consumer firework use.
Dearborn Police will still enforce the city’s noise and littering ordinances, within the provisions of the state law, and issue violations when necessary.
Even though powerful fireworks are legal in Michigan, their use still carries the same potential dangers and liabilities. Every year, thousands of dollars in property damage is reported due to fires caused by the unsafe use of fireworks.
To avoid serious injuries, residents are asked to exercise caution when discharging fireworks. Guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission can be found on www.cpsc.gov/fireworks.
Remember you will be held responsible for any injury or property damage caused by discharging fireworks.