Report: MI fireworks revenue boost smaller

12:41 PM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
Inside Jake's Fireworks, a fireworks "megastore" on 28th Street in Kentwood.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A published report says a law that made powerful fireworks legal in Michigan hasn't brought in as much state revenue as supporters forecast.

The Detroit News reports Monday that fireworks sellers paid the state an estimated $2 million in licensing fees and taxes levied on their products through the end of August. That's behind revenue estimates ranging from $8 million to $40 million from supporters of the law.

Not all retailers have paid the state on July and August sales, however.

Bottle rockets, aerial cakes, Roman candles, firecrackers all could be sold and enjoyed legally after lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder erased the ban. The law this year drew a slew of complaints, safety concerns and confusion, and a group of lawmakers has been talking about the issue.

AP

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