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Keep it Real — and Keep it Safe — for Independence Day

​Let’s be realistic. Fireworks are exciting, but they’re not safe – and complacency puts kids in the burn ward. Adults who won’t give a child a sharp pencil (don‘t want that lead in your arm!) will hand a barefoot 5-year-old a wire covered with burning gunpowder and say, “Go write your name in the sky.”

Every year kids and adults go to the emergency room with fireworks injuries. Your best bet is to enjoy a public fireworks display. If you do purchase your own fireworks:

• Remember that if it flies or explodes, it’s illegal in Minnesota. You could face fines and confiscation of illegal fireworks.
• Use them in an open area, away from houses and other structures
• Don’t let children run through the area.
• Choose a surface that’s solid and non-combustible
• Use a long lighter meant for a gas grill to light fireworks, and stay as far from the wick as possible.
• Do not try to re-light a dud. Ever.
• Have a bucket of water for all the debris; spent sparklers must go into the bucket — not be dropped in the grass.

We have more information on our fireworks page.

Video Description: State Fire Marshal Bruce West Offers Tips, Explains What's Legal to Use in Minnesota.