Ask a Chief: Fireworks 101

The only fireworks that are legal in the state of Minnesota to sell, possess or use by the general public are specific items (such as sparklers, cones and tubes) that are non-explosive and non-aerial. More specifically, wire or wood sparklers must not be more than 100 grams of mixture per item. Other items, such as certain fountains and spinners, may contain 75 grams or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 500 grams or less for multiple tubes. Items such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, chasers and parachutes are illegal.

Persons must also be of at least 18 years of age to purchase fireworks. It is prohibited by state statute to discharge even legal fireworks on public property (including parks, roads and schools).

Fireworks of any size or kind can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly. Fireworks restrictions are in place to help protect the public and to ensure that the more dangerous items are only handled by a licensed professional.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave it up to the professionals. — Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham