So, what's the scoop on fireworks in Minnesota?

Can you pop them off in your backyard or do you need to head to a professional show? Are there any specific types of fireworks that are off-limits in Minnesota?

Fireworks are often the highlight of 4th of July extravaganzas and other summer celebrations across Minnesota. But, let's be real, they can also be a bit of a wild card. I mean, who hasn't nervously watched a Roman candle fly across the sky, wondering if it's going to land on the neighbor's roof or worse, start a fire?

While we're all having fun oohing and ahhing over the pyrotechnics, it's easy to forget that there are some serious rules and regulations surrounding fireworks in Minnesota.

Are Fireworks Legal in Minnesota?

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The very short answer is yes and no. Some consumer fireworks are legal to have and to light, and some are not.

First, let's talk about the fireworks you are ALLOWED to purchase and possess in Minnesota.

What Kind of Fireworks Are LEGAL in Minnesota?

In general, as of 2002, the state allows certain novelty non-explosive and non-aerial fireworks.

Fireworks approved for consumers in Minnesota include sparklers, cones, fountains, snakes, party poppers, and smoke devices. These are typically available at stores and stands across the state, especially around the Fourth of July.

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According to Minnesota Statute 624.20 regarding the legality of fireworks, wire or wood sparklers cannot have more than 100 grams of pyro mixture per item, and other non-explosive and non-aerial 'sparkling items' cannot contain more than 75 grams of pyrotechnic chemical mixture per tube or a total of 500 grams or less for multiple tubes.

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While they may be legal, these fireworks must be kept on private property and cannot be set off in public spaces like parks, roads, alleys, and schools. You must also be at least 18 years old to purchase legal fireworks in Minnesota.

Now let's see which fireworks you are NOT ALLOWED to purchase and possess in Minnesota

What Kind of Fireworks are ILLEGAL in Minnesota?

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You're out of (legal) luck if you dream of launching big aerial shells or setting off firecrackers that explode. Minnesota law prohibits the sale, possession, and use of any fireworks that are explosive or that leave the ground.

Illegal fireworks in Minnesota include items like bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, torpedos, missiles, skyrockets, daygo bombs, chasers, parachutes, mines and shells.

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The state has taken this stance primarily due to safety concerns; fireworks-related injuries and fires can pose significant risks.

What is the Fine For Possessing Illegal Fireworks in Minnesota?

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Enforcement of Minnesota's fireworks law is pretty serious. If you’re caught with illegal fireworks, you could face misdemeanor charges and fines up to $3,000, depending on the amount of illegal fireworks in your possession.

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Minnesota Statute 624.25 lays out the penalty for violating fireworks laws as follows:

(1) if the violation involves explosive fireworks in an amount of 35 pounds gross container weight or more, to imprisonment for not more than 364 days, or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both;

(2) if the violation involves explosive fireworks in an amount of less than 35 pounds gross container weight, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or to payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both; and

(3) if the violation involves any amount of fireworks other than explosive fireworks, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or to payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.

If you’re really keen on seeing a dazzling display, your best bet is to attend one of the many professional fireworks shows put on by cities and organizations across Minnesota. These events are legal and MUCH cheaper for you and typically more impressive and safer than anything you could do in your backyard.

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