Hills enacts new fireworks rules

The State of Michigan recently passed legislation that makes consumer fireworks legal. This law, known as the Fireworks Safety Act, allows devices like bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers to be sold and used in the state. The Fireworks Safety Act also allows local municipalities to regulate the use of fireworks within their borders.

Rochester Hills City Council recently passed an ordinance that limits the use of consumer fireworks. Residents may only use consumer fireworks the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday. Use of consumer fireworks on any other day is prohibited. Fireworks may be used only on the user’s property; or on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks.

With the fireworks season about to begin, Fire Chief Ron Crowell reminds residents to play it safe when using fireworks. He provides these safety tips:

Only set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves and other flammable materials.

Do not allow young children to play with fireworks.

Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.

Always read and follow label directions.

Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

Light only one at a time.

Never throw or point fireworks at another person.

Always have water handy in case of a fire.

Don’t use fireworks while consuming alcohol.

For more information contact the Rochester Hills Fire Department at 248.656.4717 or visit the department’s website.


  1. Well, I guess this stupid law forgot to take into account that things that go up don’t come straight down!!
    Who makes these laws? My God

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