Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — 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.