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Michigan Senate OKs changes to fireworks law

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

The Michigan Senate has approved changes to the state's fireworks law, including giving local governments power to restrict their use.

After lawmakers legalized louder, more powerful fireworks in Michigan in late 2011, they began hearing from residents and local officials upset about noise and safety issues.

Legislation approved 37-0 Wednesday by the Senate would let local governments regulate fireworks use during nighttime hours on national holidays and the day before and after. The House is expected to send the bill to Gov. Rick Snyder in time for the July Fourth holiday.

Bottle rockets, aerial cakes, Roman candles, firecrackers all are sold legally after lawmakers and Snyder erased the ban.  

Senators rejected an amendment that would have let Mackinac Island regulate fireworks usage all year.

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