(WWJ) Have a blast, Michiganders! It's now legal to set off fireworks, for the next several days.
Under Michigan law, fireworks are allowed from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. beginning Monday, June 29, each day through Saturday, July 4.
Police are reminding residents that fireworks may only be ignited from personal property. It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property — including streets and sidewalks — school property, church property, or another person’s property without their express, written permission. State law also makes it illegal to discharge fireworks when intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
Those who light fireworks outside the allowed days and hours, or who break any of the rules listed above, can get a ticket for $1,000.
Deputy Chief Craig Wiltshire with the Canton Police says the law is all about balancing safety with celebration.
"These are items that could ignite fires, which concerns people," Wiltshire told WWJ's Michael Cohen. "And also, animals. A lot of animals are frightened by these and it can create a disturbance within households."
Veterans groups also ask that people to be respectful to neighbors who served in the military and may suffer from PTSD.
While this is state law, there may be additional ordinance in certain municipalities. With that in mind, those with questions about fireworks rules in their local communities should contact their city or township government office.
In the name of safety, all Michiganders are urged to only buy from state-certified fireworks retailers – whether in a permanent building or a tent – and should consider these important tips to protect lives and property: