Q: What does the Sheriff’s Office do about fireworks use during the 4th of July?
A: In 2002, the Minnesota Legislature changed MN Statute 624.20 in order to allow for the public sale, possession and use of a limited number of, but not all, consumer fireworks. The use of some nonexplosive and nonaerial consumer fireworks such as sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, novelty items like snakes, and party poppers are allowed. 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.
As the 4th of July approaches the Sheriff’s Office will receive a number of complaints concerning various uses of both legal and illegal fireworks. The Sheriff’s Office responds to all of these types of complaints and will seize and destroy all illegal fireworks and issue citations when appropriate.
The sheriff encourages all people to be careful when using lawful fireworks, as the Sheriff’s Office also receives calls for medical emergencies involving injuries sustained from the misuse of fireworks.