Fireworks in Minnesota: What’s Legal (And What’s Not)
Fire up the grill, put the beer on ice, and get your fireworks together -- it's the 4th of July in Minnesota. Want to stay out of trouble? Here are some guidelines as to what's legal and what's not when it comes to fireworks in the North Star State (plus the penalties if you get it wrong).
Again this year there was a push in the Minnesota legislature to legalize a broader range of fireworks -- and although the bill passed, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the legislation. So, thousands are crossing the border again this year to purchase aerial and exploding fireworks in Wisconsin. Buyer beware though, most of that stuff is illegal here in Minney.
The formula is pretty simple: If it launches, flies, or explodes -- it's illegal in Minnesota. That includes things like fire crackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, and any other kind of aerial fireworks.
Sparklers, fountains, and snakes are fair game -- but only on private property. Parks, schools, and streets are off limits. (You also have to be 18 or older to buy any kind of fireworks in Minnesota.)
What are the Penalties?
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, here's what you could be facing if you're caught doing something you shouldn't:
Any person violating the provisions of sections 624.20 to 624.24 may be sentenced as follows:
(1) if the violation involves explosive fireworks in an amount of 35 pounds gross container weight or more, to imprisonment for not more than one year, or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both;
(2) if the violation involves explosive fireworks in an amount of less than 35 pounds gross container weight, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or to payment of a fine of not more than $700, or both; and
(3) if the violation involves any amount of fireworks other than explosive fireworks, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or to payment of a fine of not more than $700, or both.
Have fun, stay safe, God Bless America!