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In 2002 fireworks legislation in Minnesota passed to allow for the public sale, possession, and use of a limited number of, but not all, consumer fireworks. Examples of legal fireworks are:
Wire, wood, or flitter sparkler
Cylindrical or cone fountain
Novelty items such as snakes and glow worms, smoke devices, or trick noisemakers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops, each consisting of not more than twenty-five hundredths grains of explosive mixture
These consumer fireworks may not be used on public property (i.e. parks, roads, alleys, schools, government property, etc.). Purchasers of these fireworks must be at least 18 years old and retailers need to check photo identification. Sale, possession, and use may occur at any time during the year.
Explosive and aerial fireworks are still prohibited for public sale, possession, and use. Prohibited fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars, and shells. Requirements for “public” display fireworks and certification for use remain unchanged and are regulated according to Minnesota Statute 624.20.
Fireworks are associated with many injuries and the following safety guidelines are offered by the State Fire Marshal’s Office to reduce fireworks injuries, fires, and nuisance complaints:
Read, understand, and follow the instructions on each device prior to using.
Use fireworks with close adult supervision.
Choose a safe place to use fireworks that is far from anything that could be damaged from the normal or abnormal operation of any device. Fireworks should only be ignited outdoors and away from animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush, or combustible materials.
Anyone acting in an irresponsible manner or who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should not handle or discharge fireworks.
Keep fireworks away from small children and store them in a cool dry location away from sources of ignition (heat and flames). Fireworks should not be allowed to become wet and should not be used when dried after becoming wet.
Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or on your person.
Lit cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or open flames should be kept away from fireworks that are for sale or when stored.
Never ignite fireworks inside another container, such as inside a bottle or can.
Eye protection is recommended for those using fireworks. Never throw fireworks or aim them at another person, animal, or building.
Only light one firework device at a time, then move away from the device quickly. Keep clear of any device that has been ignited, but has yet to go off.
If a firework device has been ignited but fails to go off, stay clear of the device for an extended period of time to prevent injury due to delayed activation. Soak the device in water before handling it.
Never place any part of your body, especially your head, over the firework device when lighting. Approach the item from the side and light while keeping your body away from the item.
Never relight malfunctioning fireworks. Report any defects back to the seller or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Never experiment with fireworks, make your own fireworks, or alter fireworks in any manner (a strong federal prohibition exists for such activity).
Questions regarding fireworks- contact Fire Chief Lee Gatlin at (763) 503-3160.
Fireworks Fact Sheet
- available at the State Fire Marshal Division website at
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