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Posted on: July 1, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Igniting, discharging, and using fireworks in Sterling Heights



• The State law prohibits the City from enacting an ordinance to regulate the use of "consumer fireworks" on the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday. This means that everyone has the right to "use" the types of fireworks that discharge into the air for 30 days each year.

• The national holidays are: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

• The City has enacted an ordinance which prohibits the use of "consumer fireworks" for the remaining 335 days each year. Ground level fireworks ("low-impact" and "novelty" fireworks) may still be used so long as the rules in the ordinance are followed.

• On the days that a person is allowed by State law to use "consumer fireworks," the City's ordinance prohibits discharging them between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in any residential area. Ground level fireworks ("low-impact" and "novelty" fireworks") may still be used so long as the rules in the ordinance are


• "Consumer fireworks" may not be used on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another without express permission from the owner. This ban includes hotels, motels, apartments, condominium properties, and any property not owned by the person who wishes to use "consumer fireworks" (other examples would include mobile home parks, restaurants, vacant land, and utility corridors). This ban applies all 365 days each year (no holiday exceptions).

• The City's ordinance also prohibits the use of all fireworks on public roads, sidewalks, and rights-of-way areas.


• "Consumer fireworks" and "low-impact fireworks" may not be ignited, discharged, or used by anyone who is under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance.

• The City's ordinance requires a user of fireworks to follow the manufacturer's instructions for use. Fireworks also may not be used in a manner which is likely to, or does, cause harm to another or to property, and they may not be used in a
manner that violates other City ordinances, such as littering, disturbing the peace, or violating the City's noise and nuisance ordinances.

• The City's ordinance requires ignition of fireworks and novelties to comply with manufacturer's directions and prohibits ignition by the use of anything except a match, a lighter, or a punk. No other ignitions sources are permitted when igniting
fireworks and novelties in the City.

• The City's ordinance requires that the discharge of fireworks and novelties comply with manufacturer's directions, and prohibits discharging "consumer fireworks" from within any enclosed space; within 50 feet of a flame or flammable surface; within 20 feet of a property line; within any public road or right-of-way; within, upon, or from a motor vehicle; at any person, vehicle, or conveyance; within 500 feet of a gas station; during wind speeds exceeding 10 miles per hour; from any location not at ground level; from any surface that is not flat and level; within 25 feet of a building; or from within any container or object that could impede the aerial progress of the firework or cause a fire or explosion.

• The City's ordinance also imposes penalties on any person who aids, abets, perpetuates, participates in, or otherwise promotes actions of another that are in violation of the City's ordinance requirements and restrictions.

• Police and fire officials are permitted to confiscate fireworks and fireworks paraphernalia involved in any violation of the City's ordinance.

• Minors may not ignite "consumer fireworks."


For the exact language of the State law, please visit:

For frequently asked questions answered by the State, please visit: Frequently Asked Questions on the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 371780 7.pdf

For the current Administrative Rules enacted by the State of Michigan, please visit: Rules BFS Fireworks Safety 378888 7.pdf

For the exact language of the City ordinance, please review Article V of Chapter 20 of the City Code of Ordinances, which can be found through a link on the City's website at:

To report violations, please contact the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800 x8 or Sterling Heights Fire Department at (586) 446-2800 x8.

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