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June 6, 2013

Editorial: State House modifies fireworks bill

Stranger things have happened, but we’re not sure when.

The Michigan House of Representatives voted 107-1 last week to allow communities to limit when fireworks can be shot off during holidays.

This is the same group that last year mocked critics of a bill that liberalized fireworks laws as representing the “nanny state.” It’s amazing what a few million irritated constituents can do.

The bill, which now moves to the Senate, would limit fireworks to the three-day period surrounding 10 national “holidays,” and allows towns to enact ordinances that would prohibit the lighting of fireworks from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The next step will be to whittle the number of fireworks-worthy holidays to four or five and cut them off at midnight, but this is a step forward.

Michigan residents can still buy high-powered fireworks like Roman candles, bottle rockets and firecrackers that used to be banned, but at least there are some limits.

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