After recent federal holidays, many Michigan residents are unhappy about the 2011 Michigan Fireworks law, and want it extinguished. Those in the fireworks industry argue that a repeal would eliminate jobs, businesses and revenue for local owners. The 2011 Michigan Fireworks Law allows fireworks to be used the day before, the day of, and the day after 10 federal holidays.
“It’s pure hell out there,” said Jackie Prusak of Howell, who said she has to spend $200 medicating her dogs prior to Independence Day because they are so spooked by fireworks and who, in 2012, had to use a garden hose to put out a lit firework that landed on a shed. “It’s beyond out of control out here.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, Jeff Perry, a resident of Southgate, Michigan, said that he thought the thrill of the Michigan law allowing more powerful fireworks would have worn off after three years. This year, however, has been the worst, Perry Said. He said that his dog goes crazy and barks after hearing fireworks, which recently woke him up in the middle of the night, sometimes even on work nights.
Firework revenues in the recent past have increased since 2006. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, consumer firework revenues have climbed from $600 million in 2006 to $695 million last year. They also predicted that revenues could exceed $725 million for the 2015 season if the law stays in tact. In addition to fireworks being loud and obnoxious to many residents, they also can be very dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires in the Unites States. In 2013, hospitals around the US treated an estimated 11,400 people for firework-related injuries.
If you or someone you know suffers from a firework injury, or is involved in any other type of personal injury accident, contact an attorney at The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our lawyers specialize in all types of personal injury cases. Call us today for a free consultation at 844.4MI.FIRM.