Is Minnesota About to Legalize Fireworks?
If you grew up in Minnesota, there's a good chance that you have taken a road trip to Wisconsin to buy real fireworks, but those car rides might soon become a thing of the past.
A bill that would legalize firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and other aerial fireworks in Minnesota has cleared a key committee in the State House of Representatives. That's a good first step, but it's still uncertain if the law will be changed. Governor Dayton vetoed a similar bill a few years ago and remains opposed.
According the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:
The sale, possession and use of certain non-explosive and non-aerial consumer fireworks is permitted in Minnesota.
Examples of legal fireworks:
- Cones and tubes that emit sparks
- Novelty items like snakes, and party poppers.
And as of now explosive and aerial fireworks are prohibited for public sale, possession and use.
Examples of illegal fireworks:
- Bottle rockets
- Roman candles
- Mortars and shells
What do you think? Is it time to allow more fireworks to be legal in Minnesota? Or is it simply not safe to allow them to be legally used in the state?