Mayor's Office

City of Flint reminds community of residential fireworks ordinances ahead of July 4th

Fireworks are only allowed on specific days and prohibited after midnight

FLINT, Mich.—Mayor Sheldon Neeley and the City of Flint Fire and Police Departments remind residents that the City’s fireworks ordinance allows for the use of fireworks only on the day before, the day of, and the day after major holidays, and bans the use of fireworks between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m. State law also permits fireworks from June 29 to July 2, from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on those days.

Violation of the City’s fireworks ordinance is punishable by a $500 fine and seizure of fireworks.

“As we celebrate our nation’s oldest holiday with the tradition of fireworks, it’s important to be respectful of our neighbors and strengthen our relationships rather than strain them,” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “By observing our residential fireworks ordinances, we can limit the impact on our veteran neighbors who may have PTSD, senior citizens, young children, family pets, and wildlife.”

Flint’s Code of Ordinances also states that, “A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without the organization’s or person’s express permission to use consumer fireworks on those premises.”

Consumer fireworks are defined as, “devices that are designed to produce visible effects by combustion.” The regulations do not apply to “low-impact” or “novelty” fireworks, which are often handheld or stay on the ground, such as smoke devices, sparklers, snappers, and snakes.