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State Law Now Allows Labor Day Fireworks, Too

They'll be legal on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday across Rochester and Rochester Hills. Do you agree?

While Labor Day may not be considered a "fireworks holiday" by everyone, it is one of 10 national holidays on which the use of these colorful explosives is permitted by Michigan law.

Under the state's controversial new fireworks law, residents can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. 

Although some residents and community leaders across Rochester have asked legislators to repeal the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, which was designed to increase revenue to the state and encourage citizens to buy consumer fireworks in Michigan rather than in neighboring states, the law has been neither revised nor repealed to date. 

Lawmakers have, however, started to review the law that removed the state ban on bottle rockets, aerial cakes, Roman candles and firecrackers.

Read what Rochester-area residents had to say about the fireworks law in

Erin August 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Someone was setting them off this past Saturday night. Must have been early Labor Day celebration.
Marsha Shaw August 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM
After hearing of all the hands and fingers that were blown off by fireworks over the 4th of July holiday, I hope this law is repealed. My answer to Labor Day fireworks is a definate NO. Too many people have been maimed for life with the passage of this law. Having additional dollars in the state coffers may be nice, but keeping Michigan residents safe should be the lawmakers' priority.
Mark Dimatteo August 30, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Not to mention the negative effects on our pets. We had a lot of customers complaining of the new law, and their pets who never had fear issues now afraid to go in their backyards We also had pets go missing when fireworks were shot nearby. Dogs often flee when scared. The Urban Dog
Elizabeth Brower August 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Ayn Rand would love this law - All idiots who mishandle fireworks become maimed - it is Darwinism at it best. Let all idiots destroy themselves - The problem will resolve itself!
Christopher August 30, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Facts please. Just reference some valid source that shows that the number of injuries were greater than previous years in a statistically significant way. Thanks
Barbara Nelson August 30, 2012 at 02:06 PM
NO! Who came up with this stupid law anyway?
Peter Adair August 30, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I like hearing an seeing fireworks! Anytime of the year! I have several people around where I live that set them off, anywhere from 10pm to 1am and it does not bother me, I enjoy them.
Christopher August 30, 2012 at 02:14 PM
It would be nice if anyone who is against the use of fireworks based on their danger to also include whether they are for or against the new marijuana law, prohibition, gun control, motorcycle helmets and seat belts. It is not the role of the government to protect us from every risk. Our problem as a society is that we can't resist financially supporting every stoner or drunk who can't work because they CHOOSE to be stoned or drunk. And we can't resist providing life time benefits to every person who can't walk or feed themselves because they CHOSE not to wear a helmet or seatbelt. Please, don't tell me about addiction and other bad drivers, the truth is that we've all seen the guy on the motorcycle weaving through traffic or gunning it up high speed. How many idiots are out their with busted up backs or hips or knee's from reckless behavior (racing, jumping, whatever) who also get to be on a permanent vacation from Social Security Disability? Cut em off, the next generation will learn.
Luca Brazzi August 30, 2012 at 02:37 PM
These fools in Rochester Hills have been setting of fireworks since late April. It happens every year law or no law. We live in a wacko society with little disregard for others. No wonder the rest of the world hates us. To all you fireworks lovers - LIGHT THIS!
Luca Brazzi August 30, 2012 at 02:39 PM
You sound like an Obama supporter. Another Wacko
Luca Brazzi August 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Well said Elizabeth! The problem is these fools reproduce like vermin.
Bob Jackie August 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Indeed, there were not an increased number of fireworks injuries this year following the expansion of Michigan fireworks laws. The change in state law allowing more powerful pyrotechnics didn't bring an overall surge in fireworks-related injuries on the Fourth of July in metro Detroit. For the most part, hospitals reported that injuries were normal for this time of year. Public safety officials also reported an average number of police and fire runs.
Bob Jackie August 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Hey Brazzi, it would be a short fuse for you! Happy Labor Day. Enjoy the fireworks.
Deanna Skelcy August 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
When did fireworks and Labor Day go hand in hand. This is about as bright as the no helmet law for motorcyclist. Can't wait for Novemeber so we can clean house in Lansing.
Bob August 30, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Sure there's a better way to generate revenue and taxes, legalize pot? (lol) Opps, I sure opened up a whole new can of worms.
Bob August 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
LOL, but so true.
Ivette August 30, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Sorry. Me and my kids just love to sleep. And here we go again. There will be fireworks going of all night til morning for a month. Happy school beginning!
Carol Jackson August 30, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I don't mind the fireworks being legal so much as I mind the days designated to set them off. Why not allow them on Friday, Saturday, &, possibly, Sunday nights, but Monday night, per state law is a SCHOOL NIGHT & so is Tuesday. I agree with people who say they're unsafe & I don't set them off myself or encourage anyone to do so, but if they're going to be legal on specific nights, why those nights? Also, regardless of whether MI law allows people to buy fireworks legally, don't towns have noise ordinances? Ones that would, I hope, take into account week-night vs. weekends (including long weekends)? & fire ordinances that would limit where you could set them off? Maybe businesses (like those within the boundaries of Avon-Crooks-Livernois-Hamlin) could make money renting parking lot space to people who want to set them off -- setting off fireworks in empty parking lots minimizes the fire risk & also isolates the worst of the noise to non-residential areas. Would that address at least some of people's concerns & be something we could get from our city council (which is more likely to listen than folks in Lansing).
Luca Brazzi August 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hey Jackie, you speak from first hand experience and you loved it!
Patricia August 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I was home yesterday and in the afternoon they were being set off on the Castell Street area. But as our Police Chief and Council has said, try to find them. A little common courtesy and respect would be nice.
Maggie August 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I love to watch fireworks - only in the hands of professionals. This law is unenforceable & needs to be repealed. My dog is a wreck when he hears any little blast. Should all dog owners call the police to report off hour blasts? Will Lansing listen to Oakland County Sherriff?
Maggie August 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Good idea! Right in the parking lot of Oakland County Sherrif!
Patricia September 01, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The gov't doesn't have to protect us from every risk--just protect us and our property from the neighbors doing this when they are in such close proximity. Noise is one thing, having them aim and set the stuff off away from their house and property and landing in yours is a whole other story. None of these people go to the perimeter of their back yard and aim the stuff towards their house--nope, it's the other way--or, they use the public sidewalk and street in our area. That's just plain wrong. And if something goes wrong-and the idiot doesn't have the insurance to make you whole, they will just say "I was exercising my rights, the law says....." Yeah, right....Maybe it will be better this weekend-June and July were a fiasco.
MBear September 02, 2012 at 11:30 AM
They were already going off on Saturday night in our area of town - at 11:00! I don't like fireworks in the hands of my neighbors or my family. But, if we're going to do them, can't we keep them on or at least near the holiday they are designed for-the 4th of July!
Candi Murasky September 03, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Please write to Harold Haugh the creator of the ridiculous Fireworks Bill. The only way to get this to stop is to tell our reps we do NOT want to be subjected to fireworks on every holiday. Here is where to send your complaints: Dist.042@house.mi.gov. (Harold Haugh) Dist.045@house.mi.gov (Tom McMillin)
csd September 04, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Is it our fault that you can't keep an eye on your own dog?
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This comment thread has gotten too far off-topic to be useful or relevant. There are many valid concerns/arguments here for/against the fireworks, so please keep the conversation to that. For the record, I have deleted the back-and-forth comments and name-calling between neighbors; this is not the forum for that. Thanks!
Peter Griffin September 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
pets, pets, pets ----- who cares about the affect on pets. I used to have a german short hair when I lived in Orion and he used to go crazy every time a plane or hot air balloon flew over the house. Was the FAA (or the balloonists) supposed to stop flying over our house because it was upsetting our dog?? We dealt with it.
lynda September 05, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Too bad you have not deleted all of Patricia Kane's comments.
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
There is no reason to delete Patricia Kane's comments that express her opinions about the fireworks, which is the topic of this story. Please contact me directly, @lynda, at 248-660-6455 to discuss further.

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