Fireworks Expansion Bill Advances

February 24, 2020

The measure was amended to prohibit the sale and use of aerial and audible fireworks in the seven-county metropolitan area.

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee on Feb. 19 heard and passed a bill that would expand the definition of legal fireworks in Minnesota to include aerial and audible devices.

Amendment excludes metro area

The bill,  SF 1621 (Sen. Jason Rarick, R-Brook Park), was amended to prohibit the expansion from applying to the seven-county metropolitan area. If enacted, the new legal fireworks would only be allowed to be sold and used in Greater Minnesota.

The bill advanced to the Senate Local Government Committee, where its future is uncertain given the Local Government chair, Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville), made his opposition to the bill clear during discussions in the Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee hearing.

The House companion bill, HF 1715 (Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown), has not been scheduled for a hearing.

League opposes the bill

The League submitted a letter of opposition to the bill’s author and the members of the committee in advance of the hearing. The League is opposed to any expansion of the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Minnesota because the products are dangerous, and they are known to generate nuisance calls.

For more background information about this bill, read a previous Cities Bulletin article.