Check local rules before sparking fireworks

WIXOM, Mich. (WXYZ) - For the third year, Michigander are staying right here at home to buy their favorite fireworks. But local firefighters say the state's recent rule change doesn't mean you're free to fire up.

“I used to buy fireworks out of state," said fireworks fan James Wooten. "So it’s nice being able to go right down the street, makes it a lot easier.”

Since January 1, 2012, Michigan is allowed to sell 1.4G consumer fireworks, which consist of 500 gram cakes and three inch tubes.

“Once they hear that fireworks are legal, they think all are legal," said Wixom Fire Chief Jeff Roberts, "And that’s just not the case.”

On top of that, Chief Roberts points out local municipalities may not be able to stop the sale of the fireworks that leave the ground, but communities have strict rules for when and where they can be set off.

For example, in Wixom, those legal fireworks have to stay on your property; something hard to do if the firework leaves the ground. Officials say with so much more available to the consumer, it’s important to check your city’s exact rules.

“Yeah, absolutely, make sure you don’t get hurt." said Peggy Welch, who's shopping for fireworks with her grandson, "It’s all about safety, and making sure there’s an adult supervising who knows!”

“It’s probably a good thing to look it up," said Wooten, "Stay out of trouble."

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