Fireworks in Viana originally uploaded by Angela.
According to this WCCO article, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill which partially paves the way for Minnesotans to finally join their Upper Midwestern brethren in the purchase and launch of aerial fireworks. While the bill would still have to pass the House to become law, many believe this is a step in the right direction.
From the article:
The Minnesota Senate approved a bill 41-22 Tuesday to make aerial fireworks legal in the state. Current law limits consumers to sparklers and other toys low in explosives. The House version of the bill is awaiting a floor vote.
Supporters say Minnesotans already buy larger fireworks in Wisconsin and North and South Dakota. They say allowing such fireworks within the borders would generate money from sales taxes and eliminate a barely enforced law.
But critics point out that hospitals, law enforcement and fire chiefs organizations are opposed to a looser law. They say it will cause more injuries and property damage.
What do you think about the possibility of Minnesotans being able to legally obtain and launch fireworks in our fine state? Do you agree that the laws are rarely enforced and thus it’s pointless to have the rules on the books? Are you one of those individuals who crosses the border and buys them anyway? Is this more or less important than Sunday alcohol sales? Do you worry that passage would mean more injuries and fires?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.