Another cycle in the free enterprise vs. public safety debate:
Some Michigan residents make annual pre-Fourth of July treks into neighboring states to buy more powerful consumer fireworks that are illegal at home.
Those clandestine road trips could become unnecessary if legislation recently approved by the Michigan Legislature becomes law. A bill awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s review would expand the types of fireworks that can be legally sold in the state without the buyers needing special permits.
In my younger days, we all lit sparklers and, typically under strict parental supervision, waved the hot wands proudly. And we exploded cherry bombs and other types of fireworks. Somebody always offered something that was illegal.
Now it seems that fireworks, whether legal or illegal, are bursting with renewed popularity. Last summer, I had to stop a bombardment at the public access, and we all watched nervously to see if a nearby willow tree would catch on fire.
Looks like what is ‘good for business’ is ascending again in the state. Aren’t there other things more important these days?