The bill would allow aerial and audible fireworks to be purchased and used between June 1 and July 7 each year.
(Published Mar 3, 2014)
A bill that would expand the definition of legal fireworks in Minnesota, and limit local control over their use was introduced in the Senate on Feb. 27.
SF 1936 (Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake) would allow aerial and audible fireworks to be purchased and used between June 1 and July 7 each year. This would expand the current law—which allows sparklers and novelties—to legalize the explosive aerial and multi-tube variety of fireworks, also known as Class C fireworks.
The bill prohibits local units of government from enacting any ordinance, rule, or regulation that prohibits, limits, or restricts the wholesale or retail sale of sparkling devices or novelties. While it does not preempt a city from enacting and enforcing ordinances under the city charter or statute that regulate the conditions of use for aerial and audible devices and display fireworks, any ordinance to regulate use must be “reasonable” and must not prohibit all use in the jurisdiction.
In 2012, a similar fireworks expansion bill reached the desk of Gov. Dayton and, at the urging of city officials, fire service professionals, and medical professionals, he vetoed the bill.
The bill does not yet have a House companion and has not been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, its committee of origin.
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