You can buy all sorts of different fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July, but which ones are actually legal here in Minnesota?

Well, not many. Okay, that's not exactly true. But most of the fun ones-- yeah, they're not legal. (Back in my home state of Wisconsin, though, it's another story. Because my homies back in America's Dairyland are basically a bunch of pyromaniacs, that explains the proliferation of fireworks tents selling all those fun fireworks right over Wisconsin border where it's still legal.)

But here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Minnesota State Fire Marshall has outlined just what you can legally light off this 4th of July:

  • Sparklers
  • Cones and tubes that emit sparks
  • Novelty items like snakes, and party poppers.

That's pretty much it. (Okay, there are a FEW more legal fireworks... you can check out the expanded list HERE.)

Now, compare that with the list of ILLEGAL fireworks here in Minnesota:

  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle rockets
  • Missiles
  • Roman candles
  • Mortars and shells

And that's just the beginning-- you can check the expanded list HERE. Basically, though, if it's something fun, something that leaves the ground and explodes in the air, you can bet your bippy it's not legal.

Of course, what's that saying? It's not illegal if you don't get caught, right? (Kidding!)

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