Fireworks Fact Sheet (Dated April 30, 2002)

istock_000003641735xsmall(Given to Campus Neighbors by the Lester Park Neighborhood Association)
Below is content taken directly from the Fire Marshals Association website.  Our Assistant Fire Chief verified that the law has not changed since 2002 to his knowledge. He also asked that if you do speak to anyone about the use of these, whether legal or illegal to stress the safety aspect. Bottle rockets can land on buildings or through windows to start fires.  Anything held in the hand can cause burns and worse.  Even sparklers are a major cause of burns.  Remember you  should not be approaching anyone with a hand of discipline. If you see use of fireworks and feel it threatens the safety of others, please call 911 immediately.   Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Recent changes to Minnesota Statute 624.20 now allow for the public sale, possession and use of a limited number of, but not all, consumer fireworks.
Summary of Changes to Minnesota Fireworks Laws

•   Sale, possession and use of some nonexplosive and nonaerial consumer fireworks is now permitted in Minnesota on or after April 30, 2002. Examples include items such as sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, novelty items like snakes, and party poppers. For a complete list, see the Table on Page 2 of this fact sheet.
•    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.

What Requirements Have Not Changed
•    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.
Questions should be directed to the State Fire Marshal Division by email to firecode@state.mn.us or by calling (651) 215-0500. Additional information is available at www.fire.state.mn.us

Table 1: Examples of Legal and Illegal Fireworks
EXAMPLES OF FIREWORKS THAT ARE NOW LEGAL TO SELL, POSSESS AND USE BY THE PUBLIC ON OR AFTER APRIL 30, 2002 AS PERMITTED BY MINNESOTA STATUTE 624.20 (C):
Wire or wood sparklers of not more than 100 grams of mixture per item
Other sparkling items which are nonexplosive and nonaerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes and include:
• Cylindrical fountain Upon ignition, a shower of colored sparks or smoke and sometimes a whistling effect is produced.
• Cone Fountain The effect is the same as that of a cylindrical fountain. When more than 1 cone is mounted on a common base, total pyrotechnic composition may not exceed 200 grams
• Illuminating Torch
• Wheel РPyrotechnic device intended to be attached to a post or tree by means of a nail or string. Upon ignition, the wheel revolves, producing a shower of color and sparks and, sometimes, a whistling effect
• Ground Spinner РSmall device venting out an orifice usually on the side of the tube. Similar in operation to a wheel but intended to be placed flat on the ground and ignited. The rapidly spinning device produces a shower of sparks and color.
• Flitter Sparkler РNarrow paper tube attached to a stick or wire that produces color and sparks upon ignition. The paper at one end of the tube is ignited to make the device function.
• Flash/Strobe РEmit a bright light
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.

EXAMPLES OF FIREWORKS THAT CONTINUE TO BE ILLEGAL TO SELL POSSESS AND USE, EXCEPT AS PERMITTED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTE 624.20
• Any fireworks that are explosive
• Any fireworks that are aerial
• Firecrackers (any size)
• Ladyfingers
• Sky rockets
• Bottle rockets
• Missile type rockets
• Helicopters, aerial spinners, planes, UFOs
• Roman Candles
• Mines or shells (heavy cardboard or paper tube(s) attached to a base – upon ignition stars, balls or reports are propelled into the air)
• Chasers
• Parachutes
• 1.3G Display (special or class B) Fireworks
• Aerial shells
• Theatrical pyrotechnics (see Minn. Stat. 624.20 to 624.25)
Basically, any fireworks listed above are still not legal for public sale, possession or use, except with a permit and by a certified operator according to Minnesota Statute 624.20. (i.e. these fireworks are still not legal unless a permit has been issued by the local jurisdiction and they are used by a state certified operator)

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