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Fireworks

Currently, state law allows for the public sale, possession and use of a limited number of fireworks in Minnesota.

Legal fireworks

Examples of fireworks that are legal to sell, possess and use as by the public as permitted by Minn. Statute 624.20(C):

  • Wire or wood sparklers of not more than 100 grams of mixture per item.
  • Other sparkling items which are nonexplosive and nonaerial and contain 74 grams or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes and include:
    • Cylindrical fountain: Upon ignition, a shower of colored sparks or smoke and sometimes a whistling effect is produced.
    • Cone fountain: The effect is the same as that of a cylindrical fountain. When more than one cone is mounted on a common base, total pyrotechnic composition may not exceed 200 grams.
    • Illuminating torch
    • Wheel: Pyrotechnic device intended to be attached to a post or tree by means of a nail or string. Upon ignition, the wheel revolves, producing a shower of color and sparks and sometimes a whistling effect.
    • Ground spinner: Small device venting out an orifice usually on the side of the tube. Similar in operation to a wheel but intended to be placed flat on the ground and ignited. The rapidly spinning device produces a shower of sparks and color.
    • Flitter sparkler: Narrow paper tube attached to a stick or wire that produces color and sparks upon ignition. The paper at one end of the tube is ignited to make the device function.
    • Flash/strobe: Emit a bright light.
  • Novelty items such as snakes and glow worms, smoke devices, or trick noisemakers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops, each consisting of not more than twenty-five hundredths grains of explosive mixture.

Illegal fireworks

Examples of fireworks that are illegal to sell, possess and use, except as permitted under Minn. Statute 624.20(C).

  • Firecrackers (any size).
  • Ladyfingers.
  • Sky rockets.
  • Bottle rockets.
  • Missile-type rockets.
  • Helicopters, aerial spinners, planes, UFOs.
  • Roman candles.
  • Mines or shells (heavy cardboard or paper tube(s) attached to a base. Upon ignition stars, balls or reports are propelled into the air).
  • Chasers.
  • Parachutes.
  • 1.3G Display (special or class B) fireworks
  • Aerial shells.
  • Theatrical pyrotechnics (see Minn. Stat. 624.20 to 624.25).

More fireworks facts

  • Any fireworks that explode, leave the ground, or shoot anything other than sparks are PROHIBITED.
  • Purchasers must be 18 years old, with age verifiable by photo I.D., at time of purchase.
  • Use of these devices is not permitted on public property (i.e. parks, roads, alleys, schools, government property, etc.)
  • There is no age restriction on possession or use.
  • There is no restriction on the time of year for the sale, possession or use.
  • Violators can be imprisoned and/or fined.

For further information, check Minnesota Department of Public Safety's consumer fireworks information