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      Firework companies remind customers about safety, laws

      The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2012 allows for the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as roman candles and bottle rockets, which are bigger fireworks than have been legal in the past.

      The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2012 allows for the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as roman candles and bottle rockets, which are bigger fireworks than have been legal in the past.

      ??It's gunpowder, it is explosives, you can get hurt especially if you don't follow the instructions and you think you know what you're doing,?? said Seth Markham, TNT salesman. ??That's why every box is different; every firework is a little bit different. Read the boxes so you know what you're doing before you do it.??

      Markham said to use fireworks on a flat surface and make sure nothing is above the fireworks, since they explode upwards.

      ??It??s also good to have water nearby, a hose or buckets of water to put the fireworks into after you've let them off just to make sure that they are fully extinguished,?? said Markham.

      According to Michigan law you must be 18 to buy fireworks, cannot use the fireworks while intoxicated and they can only be used on private property. Many townships have their own ordinances as when people can use fireworks, but Michigan requires each township to allow fireworks on the day before, day of, or day after a holiday, but the times allowed do change.

      ??There are specific guidelines so make sure you check with your local authority in the area to find out what you need to do to do it legally and do it safely,?? said Markham.

      To find out when you are allowed to light fireworks in your neighborhood, call your local fire or police department. A violation of your town's ordinance could result in a civil infraction and a fine.