Here’s when you can (legally) shoot off fireworks in Farmington, Hills

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The cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills have finalized ordinance changes that reduce the number of days when residents can set off consumer fireworks.

While state legislation passed in 2012 allowed fireworks 30 days a year, a 2018 law gave local communities more power to restrict the use of firecrackers, Roman candles, and similar items.

Under the new local ordinances, fireworks may only be discharged during the following times:

  • New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day, 11 a.m. on December 31 to 1 a.m. on January 1
  • The weekend before Memorial Day, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
  • June 29 through July 4, 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
  • July 5, but only if that date is a Friday or Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
  • The weekend before Labor Day, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

It’s still illegal to use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and to fire them off on parks, streets, and other public property; church property; or someone else’s property without permission. And you can’t use fireworks if there’s a ban due to dry conditions.

The penalty for violating the law in both cities is a civil fine of $1,000, plus the cost of seizing, storing, and destroying the fireworks.

To read the Farmington and Farmington Hills ordinances, visit the cities’ websites:

https://ci.farmington.mi.us/City-Services/Economic-Community-Development/City-Charter-and-Code-of-Ordinances/C-794-2019-Fireworks.

https://www.fhgov.com/Government/News-Information/Latest-News/City-of-Farmington-Hills-Fireworks-Ordinance.aspx