MICHIGAN FIREWORKS SAFETY ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 256 of 2011
28.466 Articles pyrotechnic or display fireworks ignition; permit; competency and qualifications of operators; retention of fee.
(1) The legislative body of a city, village, or township, upon application in writing on forms provided by the department and payment of a fee set by the legislative body, if any, may grant a permit for the use of agricultural or wildlife fireworks, articles pyrotechnic, display fireworks, or special effects manufactured for outdoor pest control or agricultural purposes, or for public or private display within the city, village, or township by municipalities, fair associations, amusement parks, or other organizations or individuals approved by the city, village, or township authority, if the applicable provisions of this act are complied with. After a permit has been granted, sales, possession, or transportation of fireworks for the purposes described in the permit only may be made. A permit granted under this subsection is not transferable and shall not be issued to a minor.
(2) Before a permit for articles pyrotechnic or a display fireworks ignition is issued, the person, firm, or corporation applying for the permit shall furnish proof of financial responsibility by a bond or insurance in an amount, character, and form deemed necessary by the local governing authority to satisfy claims for damages to property or personal injuries arising out of an act or omission on the part of the person, firm, or corporation or an agent or employee of the person, firm, or corporation, and to protect the public.
(3) A permit shall not be issued under this act to a nonresident person, firm, or corporation for ignition of articles pyrotechnic or display fireworks in this state until the person, firm, or corporation has appointed in writing a resident member of the bar of this state or a resident agent to be the legal representative upon whom all process in an action or proceeding against the person, firm, or corporation may be served.
(4) The local governing authority shall rule on the competency and qualifications of articles pyrotechnic and display fireworks operators as required under NFPA 1123, as the operator has furnished in his or her application form, and on the time, place, and safety aspects of the display of articles pyrotechnic or display fireworks before granting permits.
(5) A local unit of government that charges a fee to issue a permit under this section shall retain the fee paid.
History: 2011, Act 256, Eff. Jan. 1, 2012
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