‘Safety’ law should include time restriction on fireworks
Our early opinion of that the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act closely resembles the federal Affordable Health Care Act in one important form.
That’s right. Its name was meant to impress more than describe.
Although the new fireworks law went into effect on Jan. 1, it’s impact is only being felt — and heard — right about now. The Fourth of July has traditionally been all about shooting loud sparkles into the sky. Now those sparkles are on steroids, and they lit up Leelanau’s sky this week.
Still, many of those types of fireworks have been going off here for years, especially over our lakes. The bigger impact comes from the law’s cowboy-like lack of any restrictions. Consequently, neighbors can keep neighbors — or an entire village, for that matter — up all night; police officers were given few tools to help.
But we’ll live with the legalization of louder explosives. Like a relaxation of the motorcycle helmet law, those shooting fireworks recklessly will be putting themselves in the most danger.
Our biggest complaint is that Legislators did not include a time restriction — say, ending their use one hour after sundown. That seems a reasonable concession to the poor souls who have to work through Leelanau’s summers.