Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.
Fireworks by the numbers
Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.
Fireworks: What's legal, illegal in MN
The sale, possession and use of certain non-explosive and non-aerial consumer fireworks is permitted in Minnesota.
Examples of legal fireworks:
- Cones and tubes that emit sparks
- Novelty items like snakes, and party poppers.
A more detailed list is available here.
Consumer fireworks may not be used on public property (i.e. parks, roads, alleys, schools, government property, etc.). Purchasers of consumer fireworks must be at least 18 years old and retailers are required to check photo identification of purchasers before selling these products.
Anything that flies or explodes is illegal in Minnesota. Explosive and aerial fireworks are prohibited for public sale, possession, and use.
Examples of illegal fireworks:
- Bottle rockets
- Roman candles
- Mortars and shells
For additional information, Download the NFPA Fireworks safety tip sheet.