Flash! Bang! Screech! Boom!
It's the time of year to celebrate our nation's birthday with impressive displays of pyrotechnics, and now that consumers can buy airborne fireworks without leaving Michigan, hundreds of temporary sites around Metro Detroit have popped up, MLive reports.
But the change in Michigan law might have "opened a can of worms," said Plymouth Police Chief Al Cox, as enforcement could be difficult for those who use fireworks exceeding state regulations.
And then there's the noise.
Several Michigan communities, including Warren and Lake Orion, are working to or have already implemented noise ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks throughout much of the year. Currently, state law allows the use of fireworks on national holidays, along with the days before and after the holidays. Many municipalities' ordinances prohibit noise above a certain decibel level, though an ordinance specifically banning fireworks on days not protected by the new state law does not yet exist in Plymouth or Canton.
What do you think? Do you like the new law, or do you prefer things the way they used to be?