Shoppers for high powered fireworks will now find themselves freed from yesteryear’s staunch fireworks regulations by newly passed laws within the state of Michigan. Always a strict enforcer of fireworks prohibition, Michigan has kept a close eye on the sales and purchase of fireworks and caused in-state buyers to often travel great distances across state lines to acquire fireworks for special occasions such as birthdays, New Year’s Eve, and Independence Day. Of course, this out-of-state expenditure caused significant tax loss to Michigan state, revenue which could have been bolstering Michigan’s economy. And it was that loss that ultimately inspired the newly revised and loosened laws. Many people, especially those who were inconveniently travelling out-of-state to purchase their fireworks, believe that these new laws are beneficial, especially when considering the poorly declining economy within the state of Michigan. However, many shoppers may still opt to travel out of Michigan’s boundaries in order to avoid the inflated fees involved with either buying or selling upgraded fireworks; fees that now charge business owners $1000 to establish their permanent fireworks shop, or $600 for a temporary stand. This, in tandem with newly increased tax rates and a newly applied 6% fireworks safety fee, pass on bloated prices to the consumer – a burden that some may happily bear in respect for the state’s suffering economy.
Some arguers claim that permitted in-state fireworks sales will directly cause a higher rate in fireworks related incidents, such as severe personal burns and property fire damage – that argument is quickly rebuked when one considers that these accidents were already taking place with the purchase of out-of-state fireworks. Wherever the source of the fireworks, the ultimate result is the same, and hundreds of people per year still suffer wrongful burns or property loss as a result of improper fireworks use. If you’re one of these many, you must understand that you may be eligible for compensation for you pains and losses, and that you’re not alone in your struggle. There are specialists waiting to help you with your case and fight for the justice that you deserve.
The Clark Law Offices have served Michigan for over 30 years and brought justice for countless victims of personal injury. With offices in Okemos and Lansing, Michigan we are conveniently located to assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve after for your accident. Please call us for answers and peace of mind at (517) 347-6900. All consultations are free.