Michigan residents fuming over new fireworks law
Should strong fireworks be allowed?
- Duration 5:38
- Date Jul 2, 2012
Should strong fireworks be allowed?
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-- just in time for the fourth of July some folks in Michigan are fuming over a new law that allows a more.
Powerful category of fireworks to be sold in use in state.
Still consumer grade is more powerful than past our -- being sold.
Now lawmakers say the fireworks are good way to boost the economy and will only be allowed during a holiday very specific times that some residents -- local officials worry about quote.
-- meat -- terrorizing their communities.
And there's sitting up their own ordinances to prevent the use of fireworks -- other times talking nick -- former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney think Jason Jenkins is a former prosecutor as well this is important because a lot of us -- out in our own communities.
And their state laws in this town laws -- -- city laws in -- accounting -- around fireworks and we don't really know what to Bob tell let me start with you on this why can't mayor.
In Warren Michigan said -- the state law.
Encourages parent maniacs they terrorize the community be -- children and pets and seniors and veterans that PS at -- posttraumatic stress disorder with a loud explosions anything.
Even worried about I guess -- the -- You know I can't get -- I don't count they're bigger thing not a hundred we don't want Fido hiding under the bed because -- of lighting of Obama right.
Look I have to say I mean maybe it's the spirit of the fourth of July mall caught up in the patriotism but I applaud Michigan here.
If you look at the it's -- this sort of obsessive.
Nanny -- more than one called nanny state where you know it's a law -- -- -- law telling you -- you can't ride a bicycle without a -- you can't drink more than a sixteen ounce can of soda.
Fireworks have a history not only in this country but throughout the world to be a form of expression -- the common -- people like you and I.
You know -- -- to get out there led off court battle or are -- can't.
Restarted but you know I got this far -- The cars that they and that maybe let him get with Michigan lawmakers say there's a real reason for the -- they say.
It's not -- patriotism it's a fact that ever was driving -- state to go by fireworks and it is so they said hey we're gonna do it in the state and we're gonna get the money right in.
And they are getting the money but the issue is quality of life in public safety concerns and that's where he's local ordinances are coming into play they're saying you know what we have -- lot it's very -- we just want to put some additional restrictions.
That's so OK you can pop pop some power maniacs in your backyard we just don't know within thirty feet of someone else -- home.
And being there in the minors miners can and cannot purchase these fireworks.
But he needs some adult supervision if you're gonna have minors using -- pyro techniques right there are right they need some super VH.
And time that's -- some -- that the local law I'm governments are coming to play and they're saying they're gonna come and take it the parents that they have the kids setting up the fireworks or have kids with the fireworks that they should have.
If your parent you know it -- it a little confusing about.
This deal loud which is you can set off fireworks the day before July 4 which is Michigan stay alive right now made your local town this -- no you can't do anything into the fourth.
At the night in the schoolyard -- with the police there are so as a parent and how do you navigate some of that staff.
But I think it's you know comes out to probably question -- relying on your local government -- -- -- this legislature.
But actually being a parent I mean along supporting the -- of news you know our freedom to -- fireworks on the fourth of July.
You know no one's advocating.
Having 34 year -- running around -- orders.
So I think did it -- -- probably apply some real common sense logic to this to make this work and you don't need layer upon layer of legislation.
I -- part of living in a free society is recognizing that people have the freedom to make choices.
That may be dangerous that some may -- disagree with that made to some extent.
Infringe on the rights of others but you know it's a question where do you -- you -- dialogue on.
Fortunately no Tom in the fourth of July is that.
Moments -- at the time of the year where they're the most injuries from fireworks and and things of that nature so that's why these laws are there next by the limits aren't there and of course when you don't -- some parents they don't supervise their children is a much exciting campaign Ernie would like Intel have kind of -- To justify almost any law I mean we can banner out -- Skiing horseback riding.
I would guess to me that there was activity is which you know people generally don't look to legislature probably take more clear -- -- -- -- you know it's a -- today but you're concerned about either activity do you think that's a real concern think about other recreational activities -- I think -- fireworks when you have a look at the number of injuries and the fires are caused by -- and people are not trained.
They use these explosives once or twice a year they're not trained they don't know how to use them so that's why it's important that you have these extra I didn't see a lot of times like exactly but I'm -- yeah.
-- -- -- -- -- Yeah.
Snow skiing and ski -- club probably take much more clear commitment many more live -- firework.
Sorry time taping you very much we actually -- asking the question -- how dangerous are fireworks we have some interesting facts he went to share with our viewers on net.
In two -- -- more than 80% of off firework related emergency room visits.
-- -- fireworks that were proved right by federal regulations so they were allowed there were consumer grade but they caused some sort of injury that made a spokesman.
Go to the ER and more than half of all those visits speech that -- -- -- Were caused by sparklers that's right and fountains and other smaller hand held fireworks it just because -- are -- I gotta be careful giants got that means you will.
I think -- -- the sparklers and I love my sparklers.
I love them.