Some cities battle fireworks law by limiting use

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WARREN, Mich. - If it goes boom or explodes into sparks and colors, Warren Mayor James Fouts wants to keep it out of his city's neighborhoods.

Fouts and some other municipal leaders around the state are limiting what they believe is potential damage from a new law allowing the sale and possession of bottle rockets, aerial cakes, Roman candles and firecrackers.

A new ordinance prohibits the use of such fireworks within 30 feet of someone's property in Warren. The ordinance also limits when fireworks can be used and bans them from parks, streets and sidewalks.

Restrictions also are in place in West Michigan's Grand Rapids, Muskegon Heights, Hudsonville and Wyoming, and north of Detroit in Birmingham.

State lawmakers removed Michigan's ban on consumer fireworks to boost the state's economy.

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