'Dud' fireworks destroy Livonia truck on Independence Day
Posted On: Jul 17, 2017
Livonia first responders had quite the welcome to Independence Day after they were called to a residence to deal with a vehicle fire.
Police and firefighters were called in the early morning hours of July 4 to a home in the 14100 block of Arcola on the report of a pickup truck that was engulfed in flames.
The owner, a 32-year-old man who lived at the residence, said he and family members were shooting off fireworks the evening of July 3. He said he allowed the spent fireworks time to cool down after firing them, and them placed them in the bed of his truck.
Three hours later, he and his family were in the backyard when they heard what they thought were other people shooting off fireworks. They then realized the truck bed where the spent fireworks were was on fire.
The resident said he tried to put it out, but the blaze got bigger before police and fire officials could arrive. He said it appeared some of the fireworks they tried to shoot off were "duds" and tossed them in the back of the truck when they did not ignite. Firefighters put out the fire and, after a short investigation, determined the blaze to be accidental in nature.
Michigan's fireworks laws allow for the shooting of aerial fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after federal holidays, which include Independence Day.
The incident is the second one reported out of Livonia after this Fourth of July. Police were called July 5 to the 16900 block of Stamford on the report of mailboxes damaged by fireworks after the holiday.