Changes in fireworks law are appropriate

Legislation in Lansing to change a law that went into effect last year making powerful fireworks legal in the state of Michigan makes a lot of sense to us.

The Associated Press reports that bills were introduced Thursday from Democratic state Rep. Harold Haugh of Roseville, who previously led the effort for the law. One change would allow communities to ban powerful fireworks between 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. around national holidays.

The move comes after a slew of complaints, safety concerns and confusion about the law. According to AP, Haugh says the proposed changes to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act aim to provide additional local control over fireworks, more reasonable time limits on usage and to ensure firefighters are receiving the funds necessary for proper training.

Bottle rockets, aerial cakes, Roman candles, firecrackers all are sold legally after lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder erased the ban in 2011.

After being on the receiving end of many of these complaints after the Fourth of July holiday last summer, we support the proposed changes.

Increasing local control provides community flexibility and protection for people who want a decent night’s sleep after the fireworks conclude.