Know Fireworks Safety for a Fun Fourth

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and if you plan on blasting off some fire works you’re going to want to make sure you follow the safety rules.

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2012 allows for the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as roman candles, bottle rockets and other bigger fireworks that have been illegal in the past.

Now Traverse City has initiated an act where you cannot use consumer fireworks in any of the city parks or within 500 feet of the city beaches and water.

On private property, you can light fireworks on the day before the holiday, the Fourth of July, and the fifth, however within the city there are no fireworks allowed between 1:00 am and 8:00 am.

“The city feels that they want to protect our people, they want the parks to be available for everybody’s use, everybody’s enjoyment. So if there are small families with small kids they’re protected. It’s just a safe quiet environment best that it can be,” said Traverse City’s Fire Chief Jim Tuller.

If you plan on using fireworks over the holiday make sure you have a clear area.

It is also a violation to use fireworks under the influence of drugs or alcohol.