Getting An Extra Bang Out of the 4th of July

By Dave Leval

June 27, 2012

MACOMB TWP (My TV20 News at 10) --- Things are quiet at Motown Fireworks in Macomb Township.

But, things got off to a big bang when owners opened their doors at Lakeside Landing roughly two weeks ago.

Co-owner George Kassa tells us, "Our first customer came in the minute we opened, and bought $450 worth of product."

There's a lot to choose from to help celebrate the holidays
That includes things you had to travel to Indiana or Ohio to buy.

Now, you can find them locally thanks to a change in state law.

Michigan now allows you to buy fireworks that explode.

"People are really surprised it's legal this year," co-owner Ron Babbie points out to us.

"They don't know what some of the products are. So, we make sure we're very thorough on how to use the product, how light it, how to ignite it, and make sure they're using it safe."

The new state law allows you to basically buy any type of fireworks you want, any day of the week.

Using them when you want, that's a different story.

The law sets aside 10 “national holidays” to use the fireworks.

You also get the day before the holiday, and the day after it.

Local communities are allowed to determine what other days can or can not light the fireworks.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is not happy with the new state law.

He's pushing an ordinance that greatly restricts fireworks in his city.

Fouts tells TV20 he's received plenty of complaints about firecrackers and other exploding fireworks.

That's stretching city resources thin.

Fouts tells us, "I estimate, talking to the Police and Fire Commissioners, the costs for overtime are going to skyrocket."

Just a reminder, businesses that sell fireworks to underage or intoxicated people, will be fined $500.)

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