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Posted on Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Officials: New fireworks laws in Michigan mean even more need for safety

By Lisa Carolin

Officials are offering some tips for dealing with fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday.

"With the dry conditions, you need to be careful where you light fireworks and where you let them go," said Capt. Michelle Stanbury of the Ypsilanti Fire Department. "The new types of fireworks that are legal can shoot off at great distances and start a grass fire."


Area officials are urging fireworks users to be cautious.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office reminds everyone using fireworks that they can cause injury if not used properly, and encourages people to read and follow directions on the label and have a working garden hose or bucket of water handy. Fireworks also should be used in a flat, non-wooded area, should be lit at a safe distance from others, and only one firework should be lit at a time.

The Sheriff's Office also reminds people not to touch, throw or combine fireworks and never to re-light them or to shoot them in metal or glass containers.

"If they don't explode right away, don't go and check on them," warned Stanbury. "Let it go until it's burned out, then wet it down with a garden hose."

Pets should be kept indoors and away from fireworks, and a sober adult should be in charge of all fireworks activities.



Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 1:32 a.m.

Anyone who sets of fireworks after 9 pm should be fined. Most people do not want to be harassed by the irritating noises.

Brad Pritts

Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 3:29 p.m.

It is true that fireworks are involved in some injuries. US Cons Product Safety Commission reports on fireworks (most recent data for 2010) indicates that there are 3 injuries requiring an ER visit per 100,000 people, and this trend is slowly improving from 5 about 10 yrs ago. By way of comparison there are 9,500 total unintentional injuries/100,000 people/ year, and 11 motor vehicle FATALITIES per 100,000 people per year. So in the grand scheme of things this is a pretty safe amusement when conducted by sober adults. (20% of the injuries were from sparklers!)


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 11:07 p.m.

"20% of the injuries were from sparklers" Not many of those injuries were to adults!


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 3:21 p.m.

It is really sad that the Sheriff, Fire Department and have to comment on this! Are we really that dumb or do they only think that we are that dumb?


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 11:09 p.m.

Who should be commenting the "experts" on the corner that sell them? I think not!


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 11:08 p.m.

More people than you might think ARE that DUMB!


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 5:17 p.m.

Probably a little of both.


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 4:07 p.m.

And who do you include in "we"? Yourself? Yes, some people are really that dumb. And the info disseminated by the safety services is good info any time of the year. Don't knock it. It's not all about you.


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

Its sad this article needs to be posted; and even more sad is that the people who need to see this information will never see it.

just a voice

Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 10:29 a.m.

has anyone tried to study if there are more fireworks being used in Michigan this year? I mean for years we all ran down to the border and brought back the good stuff. We don't even sell mortars in Michigan. Things might be safer this year rather then more dangerous as people might simply be satisfied with the medium strength fireworks we now allow in state, and forego the more heavy stuff that means a drive to the border.


Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 4:08 p.m.

Since when have people not taken a mile when given an inch?

Robert Granville

Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 2:16 p.m.

You're not paying attention. Everything is legal now. Most of it was sold here anyway in years past.