GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- With the Fourth of July next weekend, firework enthusiasts have already started to ignite the sky, but is it legal?
In 2011, Michigan amended its list of legal firecrackers to add what some would call the "big-guys." The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act allows the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks; while the Bureau of Fire Services was given the task of inspecting retail locations, including pop-up tents commonly found in parking lots.
Greg Clawson, manager at Jake's Fireworks in Kentwood, said the best way to ensure the fireworks you purchase are legal is to check for permit and insurance notes posted near the entry or checkout of the store. In addition, larger firecrackers, which were not allowed in the state of Michigan just five years ago, should include a 'UN' code and "1.4G" labeling on its packaging.
"That means they are legal to ship and legal to sell," Clawson said.