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      Michigan Legislature OKs changes to fireworks law

      The Michigan Legislature 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 Wednesday by the House and Senate would let local governments regulate fireworks use during nighttime hours on national holidays and the day before and after. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill in time for the July 4th holiday.

      Bottle rockets, aerial cakes, Roman candles and 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.