Fireworks: Do’s and Don’ts
Every year the Minnesota Fire Marshal reports dozens of firework injuries from all age groups. While injury is always a risk with using fireworks, many people may not realize they are also risking criminal penalties when they light off fireworks at their annual block party. If you purchase, possess, or use fireworks illegally, you could be subject to up to a year in jail and $3000 in fines. Think twice about potential consequences before you plan an extravagant Fourth of July celebration. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to consider.
- Purchase sparklers, cones, tubes, or other fireworks that emit sparks but do not fly or explode in the air.
- Use these products on your own, private property.
- Obtain a license and permit from a fire marshal if you wish to use fireworks that fly or explode in the air.
- Use any type of firework on public property, such as: roads, alleys, parks, and schools.
- Purchase any type of firework if you are under 18 years old.
- Purchase, possess, or use fireworks that can fly or explode in the air, such as: firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and skyrockets.
Make sure to plan a fun and safe way to celebrate the holiday this year.