Fireworks Safety

Every year, fireworks cause an estimated 18,500 reported fires in the United States, and thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks. Those who plan to celebrate national holidays with fireworks should be careful to heed the parameters described by the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, approved in 2012, as well as the Pittsfield Charter Township Fireworks Ordinance.

  • Fireworks usage is only permitted on the day before, day of, and day after National holidays (including New Year's Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day). Use is not permitted between the hours of 1:00 am and 8:00 am
    • For Independence Day, fireworks are only permitted on July 3, 4, and 5th after 8:00 am and before 1:00 am
  • The sale, use, or possession of consumer fireworks to or by a minor (any person under the age of 18) is prohibited.
  • Fireworks may not be used on public, school, or private property unless express permission is obtained to use the fireworks on that property.
  • Please be mindful of other community members, pets, and neighbors. If you choose to use fireworks, please be courteous to your neighbors by informing them in advance about your plans, limiting frequency of your use during allowable times, and cleaning up all debris.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public show conducted by trained professionals.
  • Even hand-held sparklers burn 1,200° F, which can cause third-degree burns. Sparklers alone account for more than 1/4 of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Below are guidelines defining holidays, times, and penalties regarding the use of fireworks.

Pittsfield Township Fireworks Ordinance (Sec. 14-205 of Chapter 14 Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article VII)
Michigan Fireworks Safety Act
Frequently Asked Questions about the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act

For additional resources about fireworks safety, please visit the links below.
National Fire Protection Association
Consumer Product Safety Commission