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More fireworks, more money, more injuries


LANSING (WKZO) -- The author of Michigan’s new fireworks law says he doesn’t like fireworks, but he likes the revenue it generates for state and local governments.

Democratic House Rep. Harold Haugh tells MIRS news has no immediate plans to change the legislation.

The bills ignited a barrage of criticism from local municipalities who complained they spent most of the month of June that year dealing with noise complaints from homeowners.

The legislation was subsequently tweaked to allow local municipalities to limit the days and the hours that fireworks can be used.

Fireworks dealers says sales have declined since the first year and police say they are having fewer problems before and after the holidays. Perhaps the novelty is wearing off.

The number of Michiganders injured by fireworks has increased since the law was changed legalizing fireworks that fly and explode.

The University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center claims that injuries have risen each year since the new law took effect.

41-percent of the injuries are to hands and fingers and 19-percent are injuries to the head, face or ears.

The Burn Center also sees injuries to the torso, legs, eyes and arms.

If you think blowing off fireworks is dangerous, consider how risky it is trying to make your own.

A Grand Haven man found out on the fourth after the black powder he was working with ignited, setting the upper story of his home on fire.

Chief Jeffrey Hawke says the first firefighters to arrive on the scene in the 600 block of Columbus Street late yesterday morning saw heavy flames coming from the home.

The amateur pyro-technician suffered burns on his arm. The home was heavily damaged.