Fireworks

As the days get longer and the temperatures increase, the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD) Fire Prevention Division's attention turns to the 4th of July. Unfortunately, injuries from illegal or dangerous fireworks can turn the celebration into a tragedy. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there were 7,000 emergency room visits for firework-related injuries in 1998.

Fireworks Safety Tips


The ELFD offers the following safety tips:
  • Always have adult supervision
  • Always have water (a hose and a bucket) nearby
  • Buy from reliable sources
  • Dispose of fireworks, especially sparklers, by soaking in water before placing them in a trash can
  • Don't mix alcohol and fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Make sure the area is clear of combustibles
  • Never re-light a dud (wait 15-20 minutes and put it in the bucket)
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people
  • Use outdoors only

Fireworks Ordinance 


Please keep the City of East Lansing's fireworks ordinance in mind if you plan to use fireworks. The City’s fireworks ordinance permits fireworks to be used:
  • From 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
  • The Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day and Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day (none on the day itself).
  • For the Fourth of July, fireworks will be permitted from June 29-July 4 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day and then on July 5 if it falls on the weekend.
Learn more about the City's fireworks ordinance (PDF).