Howell, MI – June 29, 2016 – As many of you have probably seen your grass and plants slowly drying up over the last couple weeks, it may come to no surprise that news outlets and social media have been blasting off over the last couple of days regarding a complete state burn and firework ban. To address this issue, Jeff’s Fireworks has been in contact and working with the Michigan Fireworks Dealers and Safety Association to shed a little light on the subject at hand. “I have been in contact with a number of sources at the state level. In response to the fireworks ban question the issue is being discussed at the state level, and at this point, they are not taking any actions for a burn ban or a fireworks ban for certain high risk areas. A statewide ban is not being discussed at this time. Any information on a ban would come from the Governor’s Office after a joint recommendation from LARA and DNR,” said Bill Zaagman, Lobbyist for Michigan Fireworks Dealers and Safety Association and Government Consultant Services, the Michigan Fireworks Dealers Safety Association, is working very closely with the State Fire Marshal on the handling of firework bans, both now, and in the future. Regardless of weather, fireworks should always be used in a safe and courteous manner. We suggest lighting around a body of water, keeping buckets of water or a hose close by. Do not light fireworks off near homes, barns or other outbuildings. Make sure fireworks are lit on flat, stable surface. Be sure to back away from fireworks after lighting them. Do not handle or move fireworks after they have been lit until you know for sure they will not spark back up. It is always good practice to submerge used fireworks in water before disposing of them. Do not throw fireworks in fire pits as there may be residual left in the containers that may go off. Make sure to adhere to the curfews in your area. We urge you to check with your local municipalities for the times and dates that fireworks are permissible. As a general rule, most communities allow fireworks to be used the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday. We all know that the State of Michigan has different weather in different regions of the state and because of this; we do not anticipate a state-wide ban on personal fireworks. Local jurisdictions do have the authority to set a burn ban, so check with your local municipality. As of right now, the forecast is showing rain for Michigan towards the latter part of the week, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed.