Get ready to (legally) shoot off those fireworks, Farmington

New local fireworks ordinances allow residents to legally start their Fourth of July celebrations early.

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, residents can discharge fireworks June 29 through July 4, and on July 5, because it falls on a Friday, from 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m.

Other legal holidays include:

  • 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.
  • 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

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