Michigan is hard-up for some moisture right now. Not quite drought conditions, but unseasonably dry, resulting in an elevated risk for fires. As a result, communities like Battle Creek have issued burn bans, and will not be issuing burn permits.

But what does this mean for the Fourth of July? Will communities with burn bans still be able to shoot fireworks?

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Battle Creek issued the burn ban at the beginning of the month, when southwest Michigan was showing barely an inch of rain after the month of May. Grass has turned brown in unwatered areas, and humidity levels are unseasonably low.

For protective purposes, Battle Creek issued the ban, which includes not issuing burn permits. Also, those who already obtained a permit will not be allowed to use them, and asking people to keep BBQ grills off of the grass, and refrain from burning trash in more rural areas.


But what does this mean for fireworks during Independence Day? Can you still shoot them off?

The short answer is - Yes... but local fire officials are asking people to exercise EXTREME caution.

Firework Safety Precautions

Battle Creek will allow fireworks to be fired off between June 29th and the Fourth of July from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day within city limits. But safety officials have a list of precautions they'd like you to consider, and adhere to, some specifically for the burn ban.

  • Fireworks are not allowed on public property (Schools, parks, etc.)
  • Do not light fireworks on dry grass or in wooded areas. Suggested areas include roads, driveways, and parking lots
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks, and older children should be under supervision
  • Do not fire off fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Wear protective eyewear if you're using fireworks and standing nearby
  • Never hold lit fireworks
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Aim fireworks away from people, houses, or other flammable materials
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Never light fireworks in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle fireworks that malfunction
  • Keep a water source nearby, such as a bucket of water, or a garden hose
  • Never use illegal fireworks.

Anyone trying to report a firework-related incident, or complaint, is asked NOT to call 911, but rather the non-emergency line at 269-781-0911 instead.

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