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Posted on: July 3, 2018

City of Lansing Fireworks Ordinance and Safety Tips

The Lansing Police Department would like to remind residents of the Fireworks ordinance as well as provide you and your family with a few safety tips to adhere by so you are prepared for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.


The City of Lansing fireworks ordinance (which complies with State Law) only allows the discharge of consumer fireworks on the day before, the day of or the day after a national holiday, including July 4. In addition, fireworks may not be discharged between 12 a.m. and 8  a.m. on the days they are permitted.


Therefore, in the City of Lansing, fireworks may be legally set off during the following timeframe:

July 3, 2018 – between the hours of 8:00 am and 11:59 p.m.

July 4, 2018 – between the hours of 8:00 am and 11:59 p.m.

July 5, 2018 – between the hours of 8:00 am and 11:59 p.m.


Violating the Lansing fireworks ordinance by setting off fireworks outside of the above timeframe may result in a $500 fine.


SAFETY TIPS:

  • Always purchase fireworks from an authorized retailer as evidenced by a displayed license and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

  • Never purchase fireworks packaged in brown paper.

  • Use of fireworks and sparklers should always be supervised by an adult.

  • Light fireworks one at a time, then immediately back away to a safe distance.

  • Always ensure that people and pets are out of range before lighting fireworks.

  • Light fireworks outdoors on a driveway or other paved surface at least 25 feet away from house and highly flammable materials such as dry grass or mulch.

  • Always keep a bucket of water or a running garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

  • Douse spent fireworks and sparklers in a bucket of water before discarding them.


NEVER:

  • Allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Children under 15 years of age accounted for 35% of the estimated 2014 injuries. (Sparklers account for 50% of injuries to kids 14 and under across the country. They burn up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which can cause third degree burns, these injuries occur when sparklers are used to poke one another.)
  • Place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Point or throw fireworks at other people.
  • Carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Purchase or use unlabeled fireworks, experiment with or make your own fireworks.
  • Re-light “dud” fireworks that have not fully functioned; (instead, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water). 

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