We all have that one friend who talks about the bottle rocket fights they used to have in the woods when they were kids. As much fun as that might sound don’t light your punks and run for the trees just yet.
Any substances or combination of substances that produces a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation is considered a firework in Minnesota and are illegal to sell, possess, or use without a special permit or license. The most common forms of fireworks that are prohibited are firecrackers, artillery shells, bottle rockets, or roman candles.
If the violation involves less than 35 pounds of explosive fireworks or any amount of non-explosive fireworks, then it can be charged as a misdemeanor with possible penalties of up to 90 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. If the violation involves 35 pounds or more of explosive fireworks, then it can be charged as a gross misdemeanor with possible penalties of up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of up to $3,000. Furthermore, if those fireworks cause a fire that damages personal or state property, that constitutes another misdemeanor charge, up to 90 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1000. So we suggest you stick with your sparklers, snaps, snakes, and ground fountains
However you choose to celebrate your Independence Day, we hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July.
If you or someone you know is facing charges for illegal fireworks, give us a call for a free case evaluation at 763-421-6366.