Lt. Gov. Brian Calley recently signed legislation that allows local governments to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. on the day before, day of, and day after national holidays. “This is a common-sense bill that respects the preferences of communities by letting local authorities decide when fireworks can and cannot be used,” Calley said. A local unit with a population of 50,000 or more, or a local unit in a county with a population of 750,000 or more may have a fireworks deadline of 1 a.m. only on New Year’s Day. A local unit with a population of less than 50,000, or a local unit in a county with a population of less than 750,000 may have 1 a.m. fireworks deadlines on any national holiday and the days before and after. Fines of up to $500 could be imposed for individuals who do not comply. Click here for more on the story. Pet owners should contact their localities about legislation in their counties, cities and townships.