As everyone starts to celebrate America’s independence, a statewide ordinance currently allows Michiganders to set off fireworks during certain times now through the Fourth of July.
But with the dry weather throughout the state, some municipalities like Comstock Township have burn bans in place. So which of the two legal statutes has the final say?
“Obviously, we do have concerns about how dry it is. Everybody knows, you see a lawn, you see a garden … it’s struggling,” said Matt Miller, who serves as the township’s communications development coordinator. Since Monday, Comstock Township has enforced a burn ban prohibiting the use of consumer fireworks, according to Section III of their fireworks ordinance. Miller said it was at the recommendation of the Department of Natural Resources, which still has the area under at least a high fire danger rating as of Thursday.