FIREWORKS FACT SHEET

Document Date: 
Monday, June 19, 2017

Minnesota  State  Department  of Public Safety

 

State Fire Marshal Division

444 Cedar Street, Suite 145, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-5145 Phone: 651/215-0500  FAX: 651/215-0525  TTY: 651/282/6555

Internet:   http://www.fire.state.mn.us.

 
   

 

FIREWORKS FACT SHEET

This fact sheet now includes changes to the fireworks laws made by the Minnesota Legislature in both 2002 and 2003

 

SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION

This fire safety sheet is based upon Minnesota Statute 624.20, which   allows for the public sale, possession and use of a limited  number of, but  not all, consumer fireworks.  Its purpose is to provide uniform application of the 2007 Minnesota State Fire Code (MSFC) and Minnesota Statute provisions.

More information is available from the State Fire Marshal Division by calling 651-201-7200. E-mail questions to firecode@state.mn.us or visit our web page at www.fire.state.mn.us for the latest information on fire in Minnesota.

SECTION 2 - SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO MINNESOTA FIREWORKS LAWS EFFECTIVE APRIL 30, 2002

2.1 Legal and Illegal Fireworks within Minnesota

The sale, possession and use of some non-explosive and non-aerial consumer fireworks are now permitted in Minnesota effective April 30, 2002. Examples of items that are now permitted include sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, novelty items like snakes, and party poppers. Please review the list of examples of legal and illegal   fireworks.

These consumer fireworks may not be used on public property (i.e. parks, roads, alleys, schools, government property, etc.). Purchasers of these fireworks must be at least eighteen (I 8) years of age and retailers need to check photo identification. The sale, possession or use may occur throughout the year.

Explosive and aerial fireworks are still prohibited for public sale,   possession and use in the State of Minnesota.  Prohibited fireworks include, but are not limited to, firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.

 

 

EXAMPLES OF FIREWORKS THAT ARE NOW LEGAL TO SELL, POSSESS AND USE BY THE PUBLIC ON OR AFTER APRIL 30, 2002 AS PERMITTED BY MINNESOTA STATUTE 624.20 (C):

EXAMPLES OF FIREWORKS THAT CONTINUE TO BE ILLEGAL TO SELL POSSESS AND USE, EXCEPT AS PERMITTED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTE 624.20

Wire or wood sparklers of not more than 100 grams of mixture per item

 

Other sparkling items which are nonexplosive and nonaerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 500 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 1 cone is mounted on a common

base, total pyrotechnic composition may not exceed 500 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.

 

Any fireworks that are explosive

  • Any fireworks that are aerial
  • 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)

 

 

 

 

 

Basically, any fireworks listed above are still not legal for public sale, possession or use, except with a permit and by a certified operator according to Minnesota Statute

624.20. (i.e. these fireworks are still not legal unless a permit has been issued by the local jurisdiction and they are used by a state certified operator)