Is It Legal To Shoot Fireworks On Halloween In Michigan?
It is the spookiest time of the year!
Everyone is excited about the holiday!
With all of the fireworks and costume stores opening, there is only going to be a crazy situation coming out of it.
Do you know if it is legal to fire off fireworks on Halloween?
Michigan Fireworks Law
In 2018, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 211 (Public Act 256) was amended so this is what is effective now.
"A local unit of government may enact an ordinance regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks, including, but not limited to, an ordinance prescribing the hours of the day or night during which a person may ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks. "
With the amendment, it gives local governments, such as cities, townships, and villages, the ability to restrict the days and times that their residents can use fireworks.
Michigan Firework Laws About Halloween
When it comes to the entire state of Michigan, there are certain days that fireworks are allowed:
- December 31st until 1 AM on January 1st (New Year's Day)
- Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day until 11:45 PM
- June 29th through July 4th at 11:45 PM
- July 5 (if it falls on a Friday or Saturday) until 11:45 PM
- Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day until 11:45 PM
As you can see from that list, there are no details about Halloween day or any days leading up to or after the holiday.
What Happens If You Do Not Listen?
If you are caught using fireworks outside of any of the times above, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act will give you a fine of $1,000 for each violation.
"An ordinance under subsection (2) shall impose a civil fine of $1,000.00 for each violation of the ordinance and no other fine or sanction. The ordinance must provide for the remittance of $500.00 of the fine collected under the ordinance to the local law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing the ordinance."
So, before you think since it is a national holiday that you can shoot fireworks, don't!
Grab your costumes and have a great ( and SAFE) time for the spookiest day of the year!