4th of July weekend is coming up fast and firework sellers and police are urging people to follow a simple list of Do's and Dont's that will help keep people safe.

I'll be honest, some of the stuff they put out on this list I had no idea I couldn't do! I grew up in Flint so I'm accustomed to jumping over firework fountains and lighting bottle rockets in actual bottles and pointing them at my friends. In hindsight, as a kid, I didn't need someone to tell me not to dumb things, because I just did them anyway. 

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As of yesterday (June 29th), Michigan residents are legally allowed to start launching fireworks in celebration of the fourth of July weekend.

 

That's according to state law.

 

Consumer fireworks are now allowed under the state's fireworks law, every night until 11:45 through July fourth.

Local rules will go back into effect on Monday, July 5th.

Source:NBC25.com

With the knowledge that you can indeed start lighting fireworks to your heart's content until July 5th, the police have dropped a list of do's and don'ts for this 4th of July week and weekend.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions.

  • Have an adult supervise fireworks activities, including sparklers.

  • Light fireworks one at a time, then immediately back away to a safe distance.

  • Keep people and pets out of range before lighting fireworks.

  • Light fireworks outdoors on a driveway or other paved surface at least 25 feet away from houses and highly flammable materials such as dry grass or mulch.

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.

  • Douse spent fireworks in a bucket of water before discarding them.Source:NBC25.com

Be smart this upcoming weekend and most importantly be safe! I understand that fireworks are dealing with a bit of a shortage right now anyway. But when you get your hands on some don't go overboard. The last thing we need is another fire happening in the city of Flint.