A bill that would legalize firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and other aerial fireworks in Minnesota cleared a key committee in the state House today but its chances remain uncertain. State Fire Marshal Bruce West told lawmakers since sparkers and other non-aerial fireworks were legalized in Minnesota in 2002, injuries have increased 120 percent. West says nearly 50 percent were people age 19 or under and 22 percent were children age 9 or younger.
Bill sponsor, Pine City Republican Jason Rarick responds Minnesotans are already buying aerial fireworks in Wisconsin, North and South Dakota — 80 percent of customers in one store he talked to. Rarick says, “Because they’re already here and Minnesotans who want to use them have access to them, I do not believe that we are going to see a large increase in injuries or in fires.”